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CDC: Study shows binge drinking killing more middle-aged adults

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(Photo: CDC)

(Photo: CDC)

Usually it’s the college students and teenagers who are stereotyped as “binge drinkers.”

However, a new in-depth study done by the Center for Disease Control stated, 76 percent of alcohol poisoning deaths are among adults ages 35 to 64.

An average of six people die every day in the United States from alcohol poisoning , which is typically caused by binge drinking.

Binge drinking or drinking large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time, creates very high levels of alcohol in the body, according to the CDC.

This can shutdown critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature, sometimes resulting in death.

The CDC considers binge drinking as consuming four or more drinks for women or five or more drinks for men in a 2 hour period.

Life threatening signs of alcohol poisoning defined by the CDC include:

  • inability to wake up
  • vomiting
  • slow/irregular breathing
  •  seizure
  • hypothermia

In the study, alcohol poison deaths are broken up by state.

Alaska shows the most alcohol poisoning deaths per million people, while Alabama shows the least.

This map shows that Colorado also has a high level of alcohol poisoning deaths per million people in our state.

AP deaths by state

A CDC infographic explains more about standard drink sizes and specific demographics affected by alcohol poisoning.

Individuals aren’t the only ones affected by binge drinking, the CDC claims the local and federal economies are too.

The last study in 2006, cost the US $223.5 billion, $1.90 per drink, from losses in productivity, health care, crime, and other expenses. 

The CDC encourage prevention from local, communities and the government, but also individuals should follow dietary guidelines of drinking.

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