A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday reveals that six Americans die every day due to drinking too much alcohol over too short a time, a condition known as alcohol poisoning. A total of as many as 2,220 lives are lost every year due to this reason, mentions the report.
Even more startling is the fact that 70% of the deaths occurred among people who were not identified as ‘vulnerable’. The age group most associated with binge drinking is college aged young adults. Nearly three out of four deaths occurred among adults aged 35 to 64, and most of them were white males says the report.
“This study shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are not just a problem among young people,” report co-author Dr. Robert Brewer, who leads the CDC Alcohol Program, said in a statement.
The findings of this report are unique since they draw attention to the fact that many of those who lost their lives due to alcohol were weekend drinkers or occasional drinkers who do not even realize that they have a problem.
“Alcohol poisoning deaths are a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers of drinking too much alcohol,” Ileana Arias, CDC’s deputy principal director, said during a media briefing. “These are preventable deaths … Alcohol poisoning is killing people across the lifespan but particularly men in the prime of their lives.
“We were surprised that the majority … of poisoning groups was not in that (college-aged) group,” Arias added. “People tend to think that because they are not in the category that’s at high risk for binge drinking, they’re not then at danger for suffering the harms, including deaths.”
Experts say that alcohol poisoning occurs when people binge on drinks. ‘Bingeing’ is defined as more than five drinks in one sitting for men and four for women. According to the CDC, more than 38 million American adults say they binge drink an average of four times per month and have an average of eight drinks per binge.
This clearly proves that deaths caused by alcohol poisoning are a much bigger problem across United States than was previously thought while underlining that the actual number of lives lost due to this reason might be much higher. That is because almost half the cases of such deaths go unreported.