Heavy Drinking Deaths Drop 11% in One Year

Death resulting from the excessive or abusive consumption of alcohol were estimated to number about 85,000 in 2000 and to have dropped to about 75,766 in 2001, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s a drop of 10.9% in a single year.

Excessive drinking deaths included such things as alcohol-related traffic crashes, cirrhosis of the liver, and alcohol-related violence. It’s important to note that the agency used the same methodology in calculating both estimates, which greatly increases confidence in their accuracy.


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