New study quantifies effects of alcohol use on mortality and disability

Alcohol use disorder, or AUD, was linked to three percent of all deaths in the United States of adults 18 years of age and older, a new study finds. It’s impact on “years lived with disability” was even more significant, with a combined 1,785,000 years for men and 658,000 years for women in 2005.

The findings were based on an analysis of data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions and the National Institutes of Health’s burden of disease study. The report was published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 

Lead author Jürgen Rehm, Ph.D., noted in an interview with Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health, that increasing brief interventions and treatment rates are the most realistic short-term solutions for curbing alcohol use disorder.