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Study: 1 in 10 deaths caused by excessive drinking

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A new report by the CDC says around 88,000 people a year die from excessive drinking. (Source: CNN) A new report by the CDC says around 88,000 people a year die from excessive drinking. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - An eye-opening study from the Centers for Disease Control says 88,000 people a year die from drinking too much.

One in 10 deaths among Americans 20 to 64 are due to excessive alcohol consumption, the CDC reports. And 70 percent of them are men.

The CDC says women are considered heavy drinkers if they have eight or more drinks a week. A drink is considered either about 12 ounces of beer or five ounces of wine. For men it's 15 or more drinks.

The study cites deaths from drunken driving incidents and chronic conditions caused by over-consumption of alcohol.

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