Sobering and Surprising Stats on Drinking

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(WTNH) — Binge drinking is not just a problem among young people. Adults do it too — with deadly consequences. That’s the big takeaway from new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC says conservatively an average of 2,221 people die annually in the United States from alcohol poisoning. That breaks down to six people a day, making it one of the leading preventable causes of death.

But here’s what the CDC itself calls the most surprising part of the research: The study found alcohol poisoning is most likely to kill white men between 35 and 64. That demographic — not people who are college-age — accounts for 76% of the deaths.

For men, “binge drinking” is typically defined as having five or more alcoholic beverages in two or three hours. For women, it’s four or more drinks during the same time period. Alcohol poisoning happens when your liver can’t keep up with and filter the amount of alcohol going into your body. As a result, the alcohol gets into the bloodstream and can cause all kinds of health problems.

The CDC says the research highlights binge drinking as a serious and critical health issue and underscores the need for more effective programs to educate people about the dangers of it.

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