For once, New Jersey sits atop a ranking of states for something positive. It has the lowest rate of alcohol-related deaths of any state in the country, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Only 2.5 percent of all deaths in New Jersey between 2006 and 2010 are deemed alcohol related. That compares to 3.6 percent nationally.
To come up with the ranking, the CDC looked at both chronic causes of alcohol-related disease, such as liver disease, certain cancers, and stroke. It also examined acute causes, such as drowning, suicide, falls, motor-vehicle crashes, and alcohol poisoning.
The study found that in New Jersey there were 19.1 alcohol-related deaths per 100,000 population.
In general, the more rural a state, the more likely its rate of alcohol-related deaths was high. Alaska had the highest rate of 7.8 percent.