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Am J Public Health 2013 Apr;103(4):641-8

Alcohol-Attributable Cancer Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost in the United States.

Nelson DE, Jarman DW, Rehm J, Greenfield TK, Rey G, Kerr WC, Miller P, Shield KD, Ye Y, Naimi TS


Objectives. Our goal was to provide current estimates of alcohol-attributable cancer mortality and years of potential life lost (YPLL) in the United States. Methods. We used 2 methods to calculate population-attributable fractions. We based relative risks on meta-analyses published since 2000, and adult alcohol consumption on data from the 2009 Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System, 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and 2009-2010 National Alcohol Survey. Results. Alcohol consumption resulted in an estimated 18 200 to 21 300 cancer deaths, or 3.2% to 3.7% of all US cancer deaths. The majority of alcohol-attributable female cancer deaths were from breast cancer (56% to 66%), whereas upper airway and esophageal cancer deaths were more common among men (53% to 71%). Alcohol-attributable cancers resulted in 17.0 to 19.1 YPLL for each death. Daily consumption of up to 20 grams of alcohol (

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #23409916 DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301199
PubMed Central ID: #PMC3673233
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Regulatory Affairs
Entry Created: 2013-02-16 Entry Last Modified: 2014-03-08