Excessive alcohol use kills 1 in 10 working-age adults, new CDC report says

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  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    July 1, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    drinking to excess and eating to excess are both symptoms of the same disease. Make any law you want restricting any of it and it will not make a difference. In fact, in Utah it just makes it that much more alluring because we all want what we can't have, it's just human nature. Until you solve the problem that has created a hole inside of you that cannot be filled with food, alcohol, sex or insert issue here your chance of dying will always be much increased. For me the only answer or remedy has been a spiritual one. Feel free to keep moving from obsession to obsession but hopefully you'll find the real answer before death finds you.

  • Bill123 Springfield, MO
    June 29, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    As the headline reads, ‘Excessive alcohol use kills 1 in 10 working-age adults.'

    As the study says, "Among working-age adults, 9.8% [rounded to 10%] of all deaths in the United States during this period were attributable to excessive drinking."

    The headline is correct. It could as well say ‘1 in 10 working-age adults is killed by excessive alcohol use.'

  • Bill123 Springfield, MO
    June 29, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    "How do you justify laws restricting alcohol while letting people eat food to the point of extreme obesity?"

    How do you compare obesity with the effects of a drug that makes people black out and do irrational things that are dangerous and deadly to innocent bystanders as well as themselves?

  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    June 28, 2014 6:21 p.m.

    People need drugs....Treating one's own pain/anxiety/suffering is Citizenship...If pot was treated like any other commodity, many alcoholics' would choose pot to help them cope.
    Pot is better for treating adult pain/anxiety than alcohol.... Pot will not kill you..
    Pot can make you lazy but what is that compared to driving down the road on the wrong side.
    Or poisoned by a drug that is toxic, with painkilling levels. Many would use another pain killer if they had a choice:
    Not forced to purchase permission from our elite citizen group and their monopoly on drugs..
    Equality Under All Laws,....We are not equal and evil comes from inequality between citizen members....Slavery-based drug laws take choices from God's children; create a master group who use drugs themselves for personal reasons just as much as the rest of us, sheep.
    Corporate Bribery and Slave based drug laws violate citizenship code of conduct. Equal no one given power over others/ Only offices may have special powers in a true democracy..
    Satan -instinct mechanisms: directs autonomous life operations for every life form that has ever lived........Satan was created by God so we could have life.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    June 28, 2014 5:25 p.m.

    maybe the reason there are less people in treatment for hard drugs, is because they are illegal?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    June 28, 2014 3:15 p.m.

    Every alcoholic I know (about a dozen who are still alive) thought they were drinking "responsibly". Therefore I have learned there is no such thing as "responsible drinking". Why would anyone with a brain drink alcohol?

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    June 28, 2014 9:55 a.m.

    Re: someclarity
    "Maybe those "bizarre" and "outdated" liquor laws are not so bad after all."

    And maybe they are. Actually, they have absolutely no effect on curbing alcohol abuse. However, uninformed people making those laws probably do due to causing an "attraction" to it from their demonizing it.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 28, 2014 9:48 a.m.


    "Maybe those "bizarre" and "outdated" liquor laws are not so bad after all."

    For many others, excessive use of food and non-alcoholic beverages can lead to an early death or disability. How do you justify laws restricting alcohol while letting people eat food to the point of extreme obesity?

    And those "bizarre" liquor laws, aka "Zion Curtains", do nothing to reduce drinking or preventing people from becoming alcoholics. No one goes to a restaurant and decides, if I can't see the guy mixing my drink, I'm not going to order it.

  • Mamamama Salt lake city, UT
    June 28, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Yes, alcohol abuse kills but also prescription pill addiction can have the same result. Most folks I know are moderate social drinkers but do know of quite a few younger people who have died from prescription pill abuse. Either way it is sad. Some people seem to be addicted and many of us can have just one or two drinks. It is good to have centers to get help that isn't $20,000.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    June 28, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    Because alcohol was a major factor in the breakup of my parents when I was small, drinking has always been a non choice for me. Unfortunately it is attractive to many teens and adults. Just because something is legal doesn't mean its healthy or wise.

  • Payito American Fork, UT
    June 28, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    And people criticize religions for warning of the catastrophic results of using alcohol. Well now here's more proof to add to the mountains of evidence. Alcohol is nothing but trouble. It's well past time for this enlightened society to reject this great evil. But this society picks and chooses which evils it wants to accept at the expense of common sense.

  • MarkBarton Cary, NC
    June 28, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    The headline "Excessive alcohol use kills 1 in 10 working-age adults" is quite misleading. Better would be, "1 in 10 adult deaths is due to alcohol." The article explains that alcohol causes 1/10 of working-age adult deaths, which is much different than killing 1/10 of all working-age adults. It is still tragic, of course.

  • srw Riverton, UT
    June 28, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    "A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says excessive alcohol use — which includes binge drinking and drinking too much over the years — accounts for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults ages 20-64."

    That doesn't mean "Excessive alcohol use kills 1 in 10 working-age adults" (the title of the article)--not even close. It means that among working-age adults *who die*, 1 in 10 die from excessive alcohol use.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    June 28, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    I drive for UTA. A couple once boarded the bus and and were so intoxicated they both fell flat on their face. Others beg me to take them to the liquor store. There is a bus stop at 26th and Grant in Ogden. There is a group of people that hang out there and drink all day. The next the same people are at it again. I have no use for alcohol. Bring back prohibition.

  • PLM Kaysville, UT
    June 28, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    I've heard that alcohol consumption kills more people than all of the wars combined, and we are concerned that the rest of the country thinks our alcohol laws are odd? Park City, keep working on finding a way to detox your Oktoberfest. I'd still like to see the stats about DUI deaths in Utah versus the rest of the country.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    June 28, 2014 7:09 a.m.

    Excessive "ice cream" consumption (OBESITY) is a national epidemic.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    June 28, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    I am shocked to find out from Bufftacular that alcohol now contains saccharine. This should require investigation.

    In any event, having had a neighbor who drank excessively die in his sleep, this was a fine article to alert people of the dangers. Having someone who understands the danger involved certainly adds to his ability to assist others.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    June 28, 2014 6:42 a.m.

    I didn't see anything about banning anything.. Still the level of cirrhosis of the liver went down dramatically during prohibition. Medscape the scientific medical review online journal has in the past suggested one drink a day for women and 2 for men is the safe limit, but the latest is: no amount of alcohol is safe. Dangerous living is popular, but it shortens lives.

  • SomeClarityPlease Quiet Neighborhood, UT
    June 28, 2014 12:44 a.m.

    Maybe those "bizarre" and "outdated" liquor laws are not so bad after all.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 27, 2014 11:42 p.m.

    How many do cigarettes kill?

  • Bifftacular Spanish Fork, Ut
    June 27, 2014 8:06 p.m.

    But let's make sure we ban saccharine