Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI)

Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) software generates estimates of alcohol-related deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) due to alcohol consumption. To do this, ARDI either calculates or uses pre-determined estimates of Alcohol-Attributable Fractions (AAFs)—that is, the proportion of deaths from various causes that are due to alcohol. These AAFs are then multiplied by the number of deaths caused by a specific condition (e.g., liver cancer) to obtain the number ofalcohol-attributable deaths.

A Scientific Work Group, comprised of experts on alcohol and health, was convened to guide development of the ARDI software. The Work Group’s tasks included:

  • Selecting alcohol-related conditions to be included in the application
  • Selecting relative risk estimates for the calculation of alcohol-attributable fractions for specific conditions
  • Determining prevalence cutpoints for different levels of alcohol use

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