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Retired adults were less likely to drink excessively than those in other employment categories.

Excessive alcohol use is associated with many chronic health problems, including liver disease, inflammation of the pancreas, high blood pressure, stroke, and various cancers. It is also a factor in many injuries and acts of violence, and can harm a developing fetus. 

Averaging data from 2009 through 2011:

  • Retired King County adults were less than half as likely (9%) to drink excessively as those who were either employed (22%) or seeking employment (22%).
  • Excessive drinking did not vary by income or education.