Excessive alcohol consumption causes an estimated 88,000 deaths each year in the U.S., including one in every ten deaths among adults under 65, according to an analysis of CDC data in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
On average, these premature deaths shorten lives by 30 years. Binge drinking (five or more drinks on one occasion for men, four or more for women) is responsible for three-quarters of the premature deaths.
The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2010 were estimated at $250 billion, or about $2 per drink consumed by Americans. To learn more about the short- and long-term risks of excessive alcohol consumption, see this page on the CDC website.
Also see Alcohol: What Moderation Means.