New report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that alcohol poisoning claims six lives every day on an average. It also unveiled that most of the people dying of alcohol poisoning are not binge drinking college students. 76 percent of them are between the ages of 35 and 64 years and three out of every four are men. In most cases the deaths are associated with binge drinking with an average of eight drinks per binge. Such high level of alcohol consumption impacts the breathing and cardiovascular mechanisms along with the body temperature and can lead to death.
Binge drinking has been defined as five drinks for a man or four for a woman in two or three hours. Bob Brewer, who leads the CDC’s alcohol program, said “We were surprised that these deaths were as concentrated among middle-aged adults.” Brewer also added “If we could eliminate binge drinking, we could dramatically reduce the number of deaths from alcohol poisoning.”
The new report released by CDC has focused on death certificates from 2010 to 2012 and has showed that each year about 2,221 Americans die of alcohol poisoning. Binge drinking has been reported among 38 million U.S. adults with an average of four times a month. Alaska has the highest death rate (46.5 per million) whereas in Alabama the death rate is lowest (5.3 per million). Although people above 65 years are most often involved in binge drinking, middle aged people who binge consume more alcohol than their older or younger counterparts, which contributes to higher death rates.
Ileana Arias, the CDC’s principal deputy director said “The key point is this the more you drink, the greater you are at risk of poisoning and death.” Alcohol poisoning symptoms include seizures, slow or irregular breathing, inability to wake up, vomiting and hypothermia.