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CDC: Alcohol Linked to More Than 3,000 Deaths in Michigan

 
CDC: Alcohol Linked to More Than 3,000 Deaths in Michigan
Posted Wednesday, March 19th 2014 @ 4am  by Michigan Radio Network

There were more than 3,100 deaths in Michigan from 2006-2010 due to excessive drinking, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows Michigan reported 3,102 deaths and 85,387 years of potential life lost annually from 2006-2010 due to excessive alcohol consumption.

Angela Minicucci of the Michigan Department of Community Health says what's interesting about the report is that, while excessive drinking is commonly associated with college age individuals, the study found 66 percent of deaths due to excessive drinking involved working-aged adults - adults between 20 and 64 years of age.

Excessive alcohol use is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and in the year 2006 alone, it cost the state of Michigan $8.2 billion.

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