CLARKSBURG, West Virginia – Study shows the average West Virginia would rather give 3 years of their life than not be able to drink alcohol.
Alcool.org, an affiliate of the American Addiction Center, Inc. (AAC), conducted a survey of 3,700 people that determined the number of years, on average, that residents of each state would trade to continue consuming alcohol. ‘alcohol.
The survey found that, on average, all states would give at least 1 year of their life for alcohol. West Virginia was near the median number of years at 3, while Oklahoma would only sacrifice one year and several states, including South Carolina, Nevada and Idaho, would give 5.
These results were published at the same time as CDC Information on the Harmful Effects of Alcohol. According to the CDC, more than 95,000 people die each year in the United States from binge drinking; or 261 deaths per day on average.
Heavy drinking also cost Americans more than $ 249 billion in 2010.
Rather than considering these statistics, many Americans choose to ignore the harmful effects of alcohol. 30% of survey respondents reveal that they often ignore studies on the health risks of alcohol. And nearly 50% of those surveyed believe that moderate drinking has beneficial effects on health.
Of this half who believe in the benefits of alcohol, 89% believe that wine is the most beneficial alcoholic beverage.