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Jul 15, 2014 12:53 AM by Marina Camacho

CDC ranked Arizona top five states for alcohol related deaths

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study ranked Arizona as the state with the fourth highest rate of alcohol-related deaths between the ages of 20-65 from 2006 to 2010.

Excess alcohol use is the fourth leading preventable death in the United States and costs the U.S. $223.5 billion, of which $5.33 billion are Arizona costs.

The study was compared by 54 different alcohol-attributed causes of death. The harmful effects include chronic and acute causes affecting health of about 63,205.

Some factors that contribute to different rates are poverty, alcohol-enforcement policies and religious views toward alcohol said Mandy Stahre, one of the co-authors of the report.

Stahre, an epidemiologist for the Washington State Department of Health, also mentioned religious view towards alcohol included the fact that many troubled states are largely rural.

"When dealing with a state like Arizona or New Mexico, you got some areas that are just very rural," Stahre said.

Arizona tied with Wyoming at 13.4 percent, behind New Mexico at 16.4 percent, Alaska at 15.9 percent and Colorado at 14.2 percent of 100,000 people who consumed and exceeded their alcohol intake.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is working hard to prevent these issues that are progressing yearly .

Despite the problems that alcohol brings, communities are yet trying to reach out and help the adult population.

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