In a new report yesterday, the CDC stated that an average of six people die of alcohol poisoning each day in the United States. Binge drinking college students are not in the majority. Three out of four, or 76 percent, of poisoning deaths are among adults ages 35 to 64 and about 76 percent of them are men.
The CDC based the findings on statistics taken from 2010 to 2012. The report states, “Alcohol poisoning is caused by drinking large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time. Very high levels of alcohol in the body can shutdown critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature, resulting in death. Alcohol poisoning deaths affect people of all ages but are most common among middle-aged adults and men.”
As moms and wives what can we do about this? If we believe that our husband, boyfriend, brother or father has a drinking problem the best thing we can do is have the courage to speak up. Talk to your loved one about your concerns.
The CDC believes that the government needs to have more regulation on alcohol to decrease binge drinking. However, I believe that through education at the local level we can lower the statistics. Doctors can talk to their patients about the consequences of binge drinking and how much alcohol is too much.
Everyone can follow these guidelines to prevent alcohol poisoning:
- Don’t start drinking or increase the amount you drink on the basis of potential health benefits If you choose to drink, do so in moderation – up to 1 drink a day for women or up to 2 drinks a day for men.
- Don’t drink at all if you are under 21, pregnant, have health problems that could be made worse by drinking, or are engaging in activities for which alcohol is dangerous (e.g., driving). source: cdc.gov/vitalsigns/alcohol-poisoning-deaths
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