Americans Consuming Alcohol at a Record Rate: CDC

Americans Consuming Alcohol at a Record Rate: CDC

A recent report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed some shocking data about consumption of alcohol in the United States. The report has shown that Americans are drinking alcohol at a record rate.

As per the report, alcohol-related deaths in US have increased 37% from 2002. Data has shown that from 2006 and 2010, excessive alcohol use claimed almost 88,000 deaths each year.

Experts in explanation said alcohol related deaths here do not mean deaths due to drink-and-drive, or accidents or homicides committed under its influence.

CDC said that if the deaths from these causes will also be included in the alcohol related deaths then the number of annual deaths directly or indirectly caused by alcohol would rise to 90,000.

Report shows that deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers have rapidly increased since the early 2000s, so public health experts have expended their energy and focus on those issues.

But the new federal data shows that more people died from alcohol-induced causes than from heroin and prescription painkillers combined. As per the data there were 30,722 alcohol deaths, compared to 28,647 heroin plus prescription deaths.

As per CDC ‘excessive drinking’ includes both the obvious (binge drinking) and the questionable. The questionable includes any drinking by pregnant women or people younger than age 21. This suggests that even a teen taking a sip of Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill wine is technically binge drinking, said CDC.

Binge drinking means four or more drinks in a single sitting for women, five or more for men, said experts.

WashingtonPost reported that, alcohol is killing Americans at a rate not seen in at least 35 years, according to new federal data. Last year, more than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, which is primarily caused by alcohol use.

"Since the prevalence of heavy drinking tends to follow closely with per capita consumption, it is likely that one explanation for the growth in alcohol-related deaths is that more people are drinking more," he wrote in an email.

MedicalDaily report said, the number of Americans who drink at least once per month rose by a small but significant amount between 2002 and 2014, from 54.9 percent to 56.9 percent, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

You need to cut down if in the past one year you have taken one or more times, >5 drinks in a day (4 drinks for women). This positive response to a single question "How many times in the past year have you had X or more drinks in a day?" where X is five for men and 4 for women, is recommended for use by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, according to the MerinNws.