Six People Die Each Day of Alcohol Poisoning and Most Are Middle-Aged White Men-CDC
In fact, according to the report, 76 percent of them are aged 35 to 64, and three of every four are men. Their deaths are largely tied to binge-drinking, with those episodes averaging a staggering eight drinks per binge. That level of consumption soaks drinkers’ brains in enough alcohol to affect mechanisms that control breathing, heart rate and body temperature, and sometimes causes death, the report found.
“We were surprised that these deaths were as concentrated among middle-aged adults as they were,” said Bob Brewer, who leads the alcohol program at CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “…If we could eliminate binge drinking, we could dramatically reduce the number of deaths from alcohol poisoning.”