CDC: Alcohol Kills 10% of U.S. Adults

A new study from the Center for Disease Control released Thursday outlines some shocking statistics regarding Americans and drinking. According to the study, 10 percent of deaths for people between 20 and 64 is alcohol-related. Roughly 71 percent of those who die prematurely in those deaths are male, and over half of them die as a direct result of binge drinking. However, alcohol still remains behind tobacco use, poor nutrition, and sedentary lifestyle in terms of preventable causes of death in the U.S. The top three causes of alcohol-related deaths for those under 21 are automobile accidents, homicide, and suicide. The study defined excessive alcohol in terms of binge drinking (five or more drinks on a single occasion for men, four or more for women) or heavy weekly consumption (15 or more a week for men, eight for women).