Alcohol is killing Americans at a record rate, with excessive alcohol use accounting for over 88,000 deaths per year in the U.S. Drinking too much has led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year from 2006 until 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. No one can argue the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption – it reduces the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and even dementia. But excessive drinking can only cause harm. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems.