Drinking too Much Alcohol Kills Six Americans Everyday
An average of six Americans die from drinking too much alcoholic drinks every day and a total of 2,220 individuals die of fatal intoxication annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Alcohol poisoning mostly occurs among people who indulge in binge drinking. CDC reports that middle-aged white males are more prone to alcohol poisoning.
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"It was surprising that the number of deaths was so concentrated among middle-age adults," said Dr. Robert Brewer, head of alcohol program at CDC.
From 2010 to 2012, the fatality record due to alcohol poisoning was highest in age brackets of those from 35 to 64-years-old. The death rate was higher for men aged 45 to 54.
The report also noted that alcohol poisoning is high among American Indians/Alaska Natives. Alaska has the most number of alcohol poisoning deaths per million people. Alabama has the least number of deaths.
Some 30 percent of people who died are considered alcoholics. Based on data recorded in 2006, alcohol related cases and accidents cost around US$223.5 billion.
Ileana Arias, deputy director of CDC and responsible of issuing the report, said CDC needs to craft policies and effective programs that will help prevent binge drinking.
It's very important to be "moderate" when it comes to alcohol intake, which means that one drink a day is enough for women and two drinks enough for men.
Arias added that binge drinking is a serious and critical health problem the nation currently faces.