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Drinking to Death

A new study by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that a whopping 88,000 deaths were caused by alcohol during 2006-2010. This number included those that died in alcohol related vehicle accidents, alcohol-related liver disease, fetal alcohol syndrome, as well as, numerous other alcohol related deaths.

The CDC goes on to say that these alcohol related fatalities have also killed more than 2.5 million years of potential life. The study explains that the majority of victims were between the ages of 20 and 64 and they could have gone on to live many more years and even possibly produce new life had alcohol not killed them (both directly and indirectly). The researchers found that the median death rate related to alcohol was 28.5 per 1,000 people.

When you sit back and think of all the life that was lost within those four years the study was conducted, you have to wonder, is drinking even worth it? That’s a lot of death, a lot of heartache, caused by over consumption of a beverage. Yes, there are some benefits to drinking, but this study just goes to show the importance of safety when drinking, as well as, bringing more light to the long-term effects of alcohol abuse.

I have to wonder, is it our culture that enables people to drink in excess and add to these already too high numbers the CDC has published? Is it genetics that may make some people more susceptible to becoming alcoholics? Or is it something else or maybe a combination of the two?  What is your reaction to the study? Why do you think this number is so high or did you expect it to be higher? Leave your comments in the comment section below.

If you want to read more about the study it can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6310a2.htm?s_cid=mm6310a2_w