A US government report has revealed that an average of six people die from alcohol poisoning every day in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that most of the 2,200 people who die from excess drinking each year are middle-aged white men.
The report suggests that American Indians and Alaskan natives have the most alcohol poisoning deaths per million people, with Alaska having the nation's highest alcohol poisoning death rate, coming in at 46.5 deaths per million residents every year.
The CDC Vital Signs report said, "Alcohol poisoning deaths are caused by drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. This can result in very high levels of alcohol in the body, which can shut down critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature, resulting in death."
CDC principal deputy director Ileana Arias has called for effective programs and policies to prevent binge drinking and the many health and social harms that are related to it, including deaths from alcohol poisoning.