Think before you drink. It's important to make wise decisions about alcohol use – Kansas City Star

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that excessive alcohol use causes one in 10 deaths amon adults ages 20- to 64-years-old. At 88,000 deaths per year between 2006 and 2010, it is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in that age group.

Additionally, the CDC notes that, although drinking under the age of 21 is illegal, people between the ages of 12 and 20 consume 11 percent of all alcohol ingested in the United States. Excessive drinking in the underage population accounts for 4,300 deaths annually.

While the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) cites some benefits from moderate alcohol consumption — decreased risk for heart disease, decreased risk of ischemic stroke and decreased risk of diabetes — it indicates that 47 percent of the 78,529 liver-disease deaths in 2015 were alcohol-related.

Moreover, drinking alcohol increases the risks of cancer in the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, and breast.

The impact of excessive alcohol consumption goes beyond just the pathophysiology of the human body. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that 19 percent (162) of all fatal crashes it investigated in 2016 involved alcohol, including prom season (April and May) and the winter holiday season (November and December).

By law, drivers having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher are considered alcohol impaired.

According to the Missouri Department of Revenue web site, a first-time BAC or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) conviction will result in a 90-day suspension. A second conviction will result in a one-year license revocation and possibly a five-year license denial. Three or more convictions for an intoxication-related traffic offense will result in a ten-year license denial.

Fatalities occurring in alcohol-related crashes may result in a charge of involuntary manslaughter for an alcohol-impaired driver.

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