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SA-20 Data Details

SA-20 Reduce the number of deaths attributable to alcohol

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Alcohol Related Disease Impact System (ARDI); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
average annual number 
Baseline (Year)
79,646 (2001-2005)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Averave annual number of deaths attributable to medium and high average daily alcohol consumption
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable
Methodology Notes

Estimates of alcohol-related deaths are calculated using pre-determined estimates of Alcohol-Attributable Fractions (AAFs)—that is, the proportion of deaths from various causes that are due to alcohol. These AAFs are then multiplied by the number of deaths caused by a specific condition (e.g., liver cancer) to obtain the number of alcohol-attributable deaths. The cutpoints used to define different levels of average daily alcohol consumption (i.e., low, medium, and high) were specified in the meta-analyses that were used to obtain risk estimates for a given condition. These cutpoints were typically reported as grams of alcohol per day, and then converted into drinks per day, using a 13.7 gram per drink conversion factor. A description of the ARDI software is available on CDCs website.


Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Alcohol and Public Health: About ARDI - Methods. Home page. August 2010.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol-attributable deaths and years of potential life lost --- United States, 2001.Morbid Mortal Wkly Rep; 53(37): 866-70. 2004.