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It's the end of the week, a blizzard has targeted the Sioux Empire and upper Plains with dangerous wind chills. Not much going on while some of us will enjoy a 3-day weekend. With that said, Happy Hour will take on an entirely new meaning.

Does that mean overindulging will be in your path? Too much alcohol can be a killer. As we see in a study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the numbers are a sad reminder.

Making a Top Ten list usually means a good thing. Not this time.

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The Kaiser study found that South Dakota ranks second in the number of alcohol related deaths (42.8) per 100,000 people, just behind New Mexico (50). The national average is 14.4.

A recent publication from the American Heart Association states deaths from cardiovascular disease were falling over the first two decades of this century, those involving substance use rose an average of 4% per year, according to new research.

Remember during the pandemic, alcohol consumption spiked. Why? We didn't go anywhere. For many, sheltered-in-placed was a turning point that led to more pours.

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