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SA-20 Data Details

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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.

Data Source: 
Alcohol Related Disease Impact System
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
average annual number
Baseline (Year): 
79,646 (2001–05)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Average annual number of deaths attributable to medium and high average daily alcohol consumption

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Data Collection Frequency: 
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.