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Report: 1 in 10 working age Wisconsin adults die from excessive alcohol effects

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - One of every ten working-age adults in Wisconsin die from conditions with excessive alcohol at their roots.

That's according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

It reported 1,700 alcohol-related deaths each year from 2006 through 2010 -- and the agency figures that those people would have lived a total of 44,000 more years had they not drank.

The CDC says the deaths take lots of forms -- breast cancer, heart and liver disease, and problems caused by binge drinking like traffic crashes and violence.

For years, health-related groups have slammed Wisconsin's considerable drinking traditions. Still, the Badger State was nowhere the nation's highest rate of what the CDC calls alcohol-related deaths.

The Badger State had 29 such deaths for every 100,000 residents. Number one New Mexico had much more, with 51 deaths. New Jersey had the lowest rate at 19 deaths per 100,000 people.

The CDC also said the problems with excessive drinking often cost a lot more than the alcohol itself -- about $1.90 per drink. That includes lost work time, and reduced salaries and wages to heavy drinkers.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)