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Intense campaigns against drunk driving have dropped the deaths from drunk driving to 10,228 in 2010, which accounts for 31% of all the traffic deaths in that year. When all of the deaths attributed to excessive alcohol use are combined we get approximately 88,000 lives cut short a year. On average, each life is cut short by 30 years. Deaths are sad, but alcohol also affects those consumers that are still living both short-term and long-term. Some of the immediate risks you get from drinking alcohol listed by the CDC are: unintended injuries, violence, risky sexual behavior, and alcohol poisoning.
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