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US Alcohol Poisoning Kills 6 People Every Day, Says Study

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Jan 2015 12:20 PM

Alcohol poisoning, mostly from binge drinking, kills an average of six Americans 15 or older each day, with three in every four deaths involving people aged 35 to 64, according to a federal study.

The study released on Tuesday by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention examined alcohol-related incidents from 2010-2012, which averaged 2,221 alcohol poison-related deaths annually, or 8.8 deaths per one million.

Alcohol poisoning, according to the Mayo Clinic website, occurs when a person drinks a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time, affecting their breathing, heart rate, body temperature and gag reflex, which can potentially lead to coma and death.

The National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration levels to where a person is legally intoxicated, typically after four drinks for women and five drinks for men over a two-hour period.

According to the study, Alaska had the highest alcohol poisoning death rate at 46.5 deaths per one million, while Alabama had the lowest with 5.3 deaths. Whites made up the highest percentage of alcohol poisoning deaths at 67.5 percent, followed by Hispanics at 15.2 percent and African-Americans at 8.6 percent.

"Although alcohol dependence was a contributing cause of death in 30 percent of alcohol poisoning deaths, the majority of these deaths involved persons for whom alcohol dependence was not listed as a contributing cause of death," the study said.

"This result is consistent with the results of a recent study that found that nine in 10 adults who drink excessively were not alcohol dependent, including more than two thirds of those who reported binge drinking less than 10 times per month."

The study suggested that the figures in the report are under-estimated because it restricted itself to deaths to where alcohol poisoning was the underlying cause of death, and did not include deaths in which alcohol poisoning was also a contributing cause of death.

"Death from alcohol poisoning is a serious and preventable public health problem in the United States," the study concluded. "A comprehensive approach to the prevention of excessive drinking that includes evidence-based community and clinical prevention strategies is needed to decrease alcohol poisoning deaths and other harms attributable to excessive alcohol use."

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