Alcohol Statistics That May Surprise You

Posted 05/12/2015 | By HealthCorps

Drinking alcohol in moderation may have a number of health benefits. Drinking too much alcohol can have some negative health consequences, causing harm to your health. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year in the U.S. According to the WHO (World Health Organization) Global Health Observatory, 3.3 million deaths occur annually worldwide due to alcohol use.

Another surprising statistic – 51.3% of adults over age 18 are “regular drinkers,” consuming at least 12 drinks in the past year.  Global alcohol use is the fifth leading risk factor for premature death and disability. Almost 12% of deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives are alcohol-related, which is more than three times the percentage in the general population. In the U.S., a standard drink has 1.2 tablespoons of pure alcohol.

Source: IDEA Fitness Journal, April 2015

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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