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CDC: Alcohol-related deaths in Northern Plains among highest in nation

The Northern Plains is a microcosm of national death rates related to alcohol, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

North and South Dakota and Minnesota, are in the middle to high middle at 10.2, 11 and 9.9 percent of all deaths due to alcohol, respectively, in the 20 to 64 age group.

Montana and Wyoming have among the highest alcohol-related death rates in the country at 13.2 and 13.4 percent, respectively, of all deaths in the 20 to 64 age group.

Nebraska and Iowa have among the lowest death rates nationally in the same age group, at 8.6 percent each.

Nationally, the average percentage of deaths attributable to alcohol is 9.8 percent in the working age group, according to the CDC.

New Mexico had the highest death rate at 16.4 percent for working aged citizens and Maryland had the lowest at 7.5 percent.

For all ages, the CDC found the following results for Northern Plains states: Iowa, 23.8 alcohol adjusted deaths per 100,000 deaths; Minnesota 23.3 per 100,000; Montana, 37.7 per 100,000; Nebraska, 22.7 per 100,000; North Dakota, 30 per 100,000 and Wyoming at 37.5 per 100,000.

According to the CDC report, alcohol consumption is the leading cause of premature death in the United States.