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Annual Average for United States 2011-2015

Alcohol-Attributable Deaths Due to Excessive Alcohol Use

  • Under 21

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Harmful Effects Summary
Chronic Causes51,07835,58315,495 
Acute Causes44,08032,36011,720 
Total for All Causes95,15867,94327,215Total
Harmful Effects
Chronic CausesOverallMalesFemalesRowType
100% Alcohol-Attributable   Category
Alcohol abuse2,5911,986605 
Alcohol cardiomyopathy51043278 
Alcohol dependence syndrome4,2583,269989 
Alcohol polyneuropathy330 
Alcoholic gastritis33267 
Alcoholic liver disease18,16412,8875,277 
Alcoholic myopathy000 
Alcoholic psychosis703549154 
Alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis27821464 
Alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis523814 
Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol14511827 
Fetal alcohol syndrome422 
Fetus and newborn affected by maternal use of alcohol110 
100% Alcohol-Attributable Total26,74219,5257,217CategoryTotal
Cancer   Category
Cancer, breast (females only)584x584 
Cancer, colorectal99689898 
Cancer, esophageal*49443064 
Cancer, laryngeal24823315 
Cancer, liver1,6091,54564 
Cancer, oral cavity and pharyngeal90983079 
Cancer, pancreatic†18615135 
Cancer, prostate (males only)188188x 
Cancer, stomach†58563 
Cancer Total5,2724,331941CategoryTotal
Heart Disease and Stroke   Category
Atrial fibrillation329228100 
Coronary heart disease3,5372,971567 
Stroke, hemorrhagic938565374 
Stroke, ischemic342243100 
Heart Disease and Stroke Total8,7315,6443,086CategoryTotal
Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas   Category
Esophageal varices1127734 
Gallbladder disease000 
Gastroesophageal hemorrhage312010 
Liver cirrhosis, unspecified9,8015,6964,105 
Pancreatitis, acute000 
Pancreatitis, chronic15123 
Portal hypertension613426 
Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas Total10,0195,8404,179CategoryTotal
Other Chronic Causes   Category
Chronic hepatitis220 
Infant death, low birth weight**211 
Infant death, preterm birth**442419 
Infant death, small for gestational age**000 
Unprovoked seizures, epilepsy, or seizure disorder13411222 
Other Chronic Causes Total31524372CategoryTotal
Chronic Causes Subtotal51,07835,58315,495Subtotal
Acute CausesOverallMalesFemalesRowType
Alcohol-Related Poisonings   Category
Alcohol poisoning2,2881,735553 
Poisoning (not alcohol)11,8397,5244,315 
Alcohol-Related Poisonings Total14,1279,2594,868CategoryTotal
Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes   Category
Motor-vehicle traffic crashes¶7,0925,5221,570 
Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes Total7,0925,5221,570CategoryTotal
Suicide   Category
Suicide by and exposure to alcohol382414 
Suicide Total9,9377,7352,203CategoryTotal
Other Acute Causes   Category
Air-space transport756411 
Child maltreatment§1488761 
Fall injuries||2,0151,427588 
Fire injuries1,066640426 
Firearm injuries12910920 
Motor-vehicle nontraffic crashes19014447 
Occupational and machine injuries1261179 
Other road vehicle crashes17013733 
Water transport75659 
Other Acute Causes Total12,9239,8443,079CategoryTotal
Acute Causes Subtotal44,08032,36011,720Subtotal
Beneficial Effects
Chronic Causes   RowHeader
Gallbladder disease-57-36-21 
Acute Causes   RowHeader
Total for All Causes-57-36-21Grandtotal

x Cancer, breast and prostate: Sex-specific condition. Data only pertain to one sex.

* Cancer, esophageal: Deaths calculated for the proportion of esophageal cancer deaths due to squamous cell carcinoma  only, based on the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data in 18 states (SEER18).

† Cancer, pancreatic and stomach: Deaths among people consuming high levels of alcohol only.

‡ Pneumonia: Deaths among adults aged 20 to 64 years.

§ Child maltreatment: Deaths among children aged 0 to 14 years.

|| Fall injuries: Deaths among people aged 15 to 69 years.

¶ Motor vehicle traffic crashes: Deaths among people of all ages. A blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 g/dL or greater is used for defining alcohol attribution for this condition.

** Infant deaths (low birth weight, pre-term birth and small for gestational age): Alcohol consumption prevalence estimates calculated among women aged 18 to 44 years only.

Suggested Web Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol Related Disease Impact (ARDI) application, 2019. Available at