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Annual Average for United States 2020-2021

Alcohol-Attributable Deaths Due to Any Alcohol Use

  • All Ages

  • Overall

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Harmful Effects Summary
Age Groups
Chronic Causes114,6941293,33215,02539,00057,208 
Acute Causes61,0632,89818,25616,81515,3727,722 
Total for All Causes175,7563,02821,58831,84054,37164,930Total
Harmful Effects
Chronic CausesOverall0-1920-3435-4950-6465+RowType
100% Alcohol-Attributable      Category
Alcohol abuse6,54104381,5713,0641,469 
Alcohol cardiomyopathy665033136305192 
Alcohol dependence syndrome7,81004831,8343,7281,765 
Alcohol polyneuropathy1101065 
Alcoholic gastritis5402102616 
Alcoholic liver disease31,30401,4937,17715,0617,573 
Alcoholic myopathy300021 
Alcoholic psychosis1,687063250621754 
Alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis58509818920694 
Alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis8605254017 
Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol220021277130 
Fetal alcohol syndrome923230 
Fetus and newborn affected by maternal use of alcohol000000 
100% Alcohol-Attributable Total48,97222,61811,20423,13612,013CategoryTotal
Cancer      Category
Cancer, breast (females only)3,4100302828962,201 
Cancer, colorectal3,6150282329602,394 
Cancer, esophageal*1,91204685271,313 
Cancer, laryngeal8620118265577 
Cancer, liver5,1710201301,4843,536 
Cancer, oral cavity and pharyngeal3,5100121371,1192,242 
Cancer, pancreatic†7650121177566 
Cancer, prostate (males only)77800274701 
Cancer, stomach†194021349129 
Cancer Total20,21601009055,55313,659CategoryTotal
Heart Disease and Stroke      Category
Atrial fibrillation1,85001101141,725 
Coronary heart disease4,9730161699453,842 
Stroke, hemorrhagic4,3160553128663,083 
Stroke, ischemic9430418100821 
Heart Disease and Stroke Total31,05002131,4135,35524,069CategoryTotal
Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas      Category
Esophageal varices14805235763 
Gallbladder disease000000 
Gastroesophageal hemorrhage28014816 
Liver cirrhosis, unspecified12,25801811,1434,1096,826 
Pancreatitis, acute41502959107220 
Pancreatitis, chronic9003143043 
Portal hypertension740192539 
Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas Total13,01302201,2524,3357,206CategoryTotal
Other Chronic Causes      Category
Chronic hepatitis1000154 
Infant death, low birth weight**440000 
Infant death, preterm birth**1231230000 
Infant death, small for gestational age**000000 
Unprovoked seizures, epilepsy, or seizure disorder7380148143190257 
Other Chronic Causes Total1,444128182252621261CategoryTotal
Chronic Causes Subtotal114,6941293,33215,02539,00057,208Subtotal
Acute CausesOverall0-1920-3435-4950-6465+RowType
Alcohol-Related Poisonings      Category
Alcohol poisoning2,641254359161,009257 
Poisoning (not alcohol)19,1653025,5996,8155,3711,077 
Alcohol-Related Poisonings Total21,8063276,0337,7316,3801,334CategoryTotal
Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes      Category
Motor vehicle traffic crashes¶15,0551,0475,4453,7673,2401,556 
Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes Total15,0551,0475,4453,7673,2401,556CategoryTotal
Suicide      Category
Suicide by and exposure to alcohol5228151810 
Suicide Total9,8014802,6682,3552,3181,981CategoryTotal
Other Acute Causes      Category
Air-space transport1102343 
Child maltreatment§93930000 
Fall injuries||3,061201894551,482915 
Fire injuries1,0611588135303521 
Firearm injuries2002775433025 
Motor vehicle nontraffic crashes417187277105146 
Occupational and machine injuries541791523 
Other road vehicle crashes399167997108100 
Water transport133730303828 
Other Acute Causes Total14,4001,0444,1102,9623,4332,851CategoryTotal
Acute Causes Subtotal61,0632,89818,25616,81515,3727,722Subtotal
Beneficial Effects
Chronic Causes      RowHeader
Coronary heart disease-5,8900-17-180-1,015-4,678 
Gallbladder disease-7230-5-19-83-616 
Stroke, ischemic-5,1100-13-59-329-4,709 
Acute Causes      RowHeader
Total for All Causes-15,9930-53-380-1,899-13,662Grandtotal

* 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 17 states (SEER17).

† 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, 2024. Available at