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CDC: Arizona ranked in top five for alcohol-related deaths

Experts said there are several possible factors behind Arizona's relatively high numbers, including the fact that medical responses can be a challenge in a rural state. One treatment counselor noted that there’s no one cause, but “a hundred ways” the problem affects the state.

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Jul 12, 2014, 8:08 am
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The June report said 13.4 percent of all deaths to working-age residents were attributable to alcohol for that period..

What is the definition of “attributable to alcohol”?  The people quoted in the article seem to be talking about alcohol poisoning or cirrhosis, but if this includes auto fatalities (as the numbers suggest to me it must) then alcohol addiction may well be a very trivial part of the problem.

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