Kentucky State Police officer Charles Tinsley talked with students about binge drinking in Stanford, Ky., in May.
Clay Jackson • Associated Press,
Alcohol's death toll: 87,798 a year
- Article by: Karen Kaplan
- Los Angeles Times
- June 26, 2014 - 7:38 PM
LOS ANGELES – The death toll from binge drinking and other forms of excessive alcohol use in the United States is just shy of 88,000 per year, a new analysis found.
Those casualties erased more than 2.5 million years of life that would have been lived each year had victims not been killed in drunken-driving accidents, by liver cirrhosis or as a result of other alcohol-related causes, the report found.
Binge drinking is responsible for more than half of these alcohol-related deaths, the study said. The authors defined binge drinking as five or more drinks in a row for men and four or more drinks at a time for women.
Overall, excessive alcohol use cost the United States $223.5 billion in 2006 alone, said a report published last year in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. That worked out to a societal cost of $1.90 per drink.
The new study, published Thursday in Preventing Chronic Disease, found alcohol-attributable deaths came to 87,798. That worked out to 27.9 deaths per 100,000 Americans; 71 percent were men.
© 2014 Star Tribune