The more that the true fallout of drinking is reported, the better off we will all be.
Just as it was with cigarette smoking.
“This study shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are not just a problem among young people. We were surprised that these deaths were as concentrated among middle-aged adults as they were. If we could eliminate binge drinking, we could dramatically reduce the number of deaths from alcohol poisoning”
Report co-author Dr. Robert Brewer, CDC Alcohol Program, January 2015.
The CDC in the US has announced more shocking findings around alcohol to kick off the New Year in 2015.
“What I think very interesting in this is that these people have probably been doing this for a long time, so why are they now dying of it? This is showing the dangers, the real dangers, of binge drinking, which we tend to associate with younger people”
Psychologist Paul Rinaldi, Addiction Institute of New York, Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, January 2015.
What was the basic summary of this new report?
- An average of six people die each day from alcohol poisoning
- This is a conservative estimate of 2,221 deaths per year
- Binge drinking is the most common cause of alcohol poisoning
- Over 75% of all binge drinking deaths are middle-aged men (35-65)
- 10% of all deaths of working-age adults is attributable to excessive alcohol consumption
‘Binge drinking’ for men is distinguished as ‘drinking 5+ drinks in 2-3 hours’.
This report has found that what men are actually doing is binge drinking 8+ drinks in 2-3 hours.
And they do this weekly.
The report says “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 key point is this: The more you drink, the greater you are at risk of poisoning and death”
Ileana Arias, the CDC’s principal deputy director, January 2015.