CDC: Alcohol a Leading Cause of Death Among Working-Age Adults

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 10 percent of deaths among adults aged 20 to 65 can be linked to excessive alcohol consumption, reports The New York Times.

Excessive alcohol consumption was defined as binge drinking, heavy weekly alcohol consumption and any drinking by pregnant women or those younger than 21 years old. The most common deaths attributable to alcohol were car crashes and alcoholic liver disease.

Excessive drinking is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States, preceded by smoking, poor nutrition and physical activity. The authors point to the urgent need to implement the recommendations made by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, which includes electronic screening and brief intervention.