Estimated Deaths Attributable to Excessive Alcohol Use Among US Adults

JAMA Network Open


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About The Study: The results of this cross-sectional study suggest that between 2015 and 2019 an estimated 1 in 8 total deaths among U.S. adults ages 20 to 64 were attributable to excessive alcohol use, including 1 in 5 deaths among adults ages 20 to 49. The number of premature deaths could be reduced with increased implementation of evidenced-based, population-level alcohol policies, such as increasing alcohol taxes or regulating alcohol outlet density.

Authors: Marissa B. Esser, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, is the corresponding author.



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