A study conducted by the CDC (Center for Disease and Control) found that men at a rate of 2 to 1 drink more than women. It also showed, that drinking accounts for nearly 1 in 10 deaths. It showed that drinking shortened lives by approximately 30 years because of long-term effects. According to the CDC, “over-indulging” in alcohol leads to about 88,000 deaths every year in people between the ages of 20 and 64.”
They describe excessive drinking as “pattern of drinking.” Yet alcohol dependence is a chronic disease. Excessive drinking is considered drinking eight or more beverages a week for women and 15 more a week for men says experts. The CDC found that New Mexico had the highest percentage of alcohol related deaths while Maryland had the lowest.