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Alcohol related deaths on the rise, CDC says

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Center for Disease Control issued a troubling new study Friday.

According to the new data, one in every 10 deaths among Americans between the ages of 20 and 64 is due to excessive alcohol consumption. That number translates into about 88,000 people every year, 70 percent of whom are men.

The CDC says women are considered "heavy drinkers" if they have eight or more drinks per week. For men, it's 15 or more.

A drink is considered either about 12 ounces of beer or five ounces of wine.

The study cited a variety of causes of death, ranging from drunken driving incidents to chronic conditions caused by over consumption of alcohol.

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