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How much do Americans drink?

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Alcohol consumption and its accompanying costs vary widely by state

Excessive alcohol use has long been a health problem in the U.S. and shows no signs of abating. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol contributes to about 18.5% of emergency department visits each year. Overall, approximately 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third-leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.

But alcohol use, and misuse, doesn’t occur evenly across the country. What follows is a look at state-wide drinking patterns and costs, based on data analysis from NiceRx.

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