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Annual Average for United States 2015-2019

Alcohol-Attributable Deaths Due to Excessive Alcohol Use

  • All Ages

  • Overall

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Harmful Effects Summary
Age Groups
Chronic Causes82,279991,7889,49929,67641,218 
Acute Causes58,2772,76817,99415,70015,0406,775 
Total for All Causes140,5572,86719,78225,19944,71647,993Total
Harmful Effects
Chronic CausesOverall0-1920-3435-4950-6465+RowType
100% Alcohol-Attributable      Category
Alcohol abuse3,73501907911,902852 
Alcohol cardiomyopathy559024103264168 
Alcohol dependence syndrome5,25702331,0942,7581,171 
Alcohol polyneuropathy700034 
Alcoholic gastritis36017198 
Alcoholic liver disease22,47208154,60511,7095,343 
Alcoholic myopathy200011 
Alcoholic psychosis991036118345493 
Alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis35404610614755 
Alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis6004123113 
Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol177021059107 
Fetal alcohol syndrome713201 
Fetus and newborn affected by maternal use of alcohol220000 
100% Alcohol-Attributable Total33,65831,3546,84817,2378,216CategoryTotal
Cancer      Category
Cancer, breast (females only)1,7590171584991,084 
Cancer, colorectal2,2210161395981,468 
Cancer, esophageal*1,0580339317699 
Cancer, laryngeal5230013176334 
Cancer, liver3,8780171161,4212,325 
Cancer, oral cavity and pharyngeal2,010010877241,190 
Cancer, pancreatic†5730118144410 
Cancer, prostate (males only)45400147406 
Cancer, stomach†15002114097 
Cancer Total12,6270675813,9658,014CategoryTotal
Heart Disease and Stroke      Category
Atrial fibrillation98401554925 
Coronary heart disease7,9860252721,5116,178 
Stroke, hemorrhagic2,3910311644711,726 
Stroke, ischemic1,65806291531,470 
Heart Disease and Stroke Total24,35601461,0154,15019,045CategoryTotal
Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas      Category
Esophageal varices13203185951 
Gallbladder disease000000 
Gastroesophageal hemorrhage33014721 
Liver cirrhosis, unspecified10,49701178803,8785,623 
Pancreatitis, acute13907173581 
Pancreatitis, chronic380151418 
Portal hypertension620262430 
Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas Total10,90101309294,0175,824CategoryTotal
Other Chronic Causes      Category
Chronic hepatitis400122 
Infant death, low birth weight**440000 
Infant death, preterm birth**92920000 
Infant death, small for gestational age**000000 
Unprovoked seizures, epilepsy, or seizure disorder3640747599117 
Other Chronic Causes Total7379691125307118CategoryTotal
Chronic Causes Subtotal82,279991,7889,49929,67641,218Subtotal
Acute CausesOverall0-1920-3435-4950-6465+RowType
Alcohol-Related Poisonings      Category
Alcohol poisoning2,34629386794952185 
Poisoning (not alcohol)17,6712065,5376,0854,987856 
Alcohol-Related Poisonings Total20,0172355,9236,8795,9391,041CategoryTotal
Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes      Category
Motor-vehicle traffic crashes¶12,6508504,7073,1002,8201,173 
Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes Total12,6508504,7073,1002,8201,173CategoryTotal
Suicide      Category
Suicide by and exposure to alcohol4101112135 
Suicide Total11,0545422,7292,7212,9962,066CategoryTotal
Other Acute Causes      Category
Air-space transport71214152219 
Child maltreatment§1461460000 
Fall injuries||2,267201593171,126645 
Fire injuries1,1241594151339525 
Firearm injuries1311847252417 
Motor-vehicle nontraffic crashes183933304368 
Occupational and machine injuries122214213550 
Other road vehicle crashes1831041405437 
Water transport80318202316 
Other Acute Causes Total14,5571,1414,6363,0003,2852,495CategoryTotal
Acute Causes Subtotal58,2772,76817,99415,70015,0406,775Subtotal
Beneficial Effects
Chronic Causes      RowHeader
Gallbladder disease-2040-1-5-23-174 
Acute Causes      RowHeader
Total for All Causes-2040-1-5-23-174Grandtotal

* 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.

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Suggested Web Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol Related Disease Impact (ARDI) application, 2022. Available at