A data released from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals more than 500 people die in Utah due to excessive drinking. But the figure is still the lowest rate among 11 select states.
The report further adds New Mexico has the highest death rate and more than 1,000 people die there every year due to excessive drinking.
Other states studied were California, Virginia, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, North Carolina, Nebraska and Michigan. These states are part of an alcohol subcommittee that is formed through the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.
All the eleven states began collaborating to better understand the alcohol impact in the region.
The committee collected health data of people between 2006 and 2010 using the Alcohol-Related Disease Impact software of CDC.
The researchers found excessive alcohol is the fourth-leading cause of preventable death in the US. In 2006 it had cost around $223.5 billion.
There were 513 deaths in Utah in average and 15,760 Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) between 2006 and 2010, and 73 percent of the deaths due to alcohol were working-aged adults (20-64).
In terms of population too Utah had the lowest annual rate. In every 100,000 residents only 22.4 deaths occurred due to alcohol. In New Mexico the figure is 50.9 per 100,000 people, which is the highest among 11 states.
The new study also added death and YPLL due to excessive drinking was high among the American Indian populations.