According to recent reports, alcohol poisoning causes the death of more than 6 people in the United States, daily. Also, the mortality rate is higher among middle-aged men, according to what the federal health officials made public on Tuesday.
The recent report showing that alcohol poisoning kills more than 6 Americans daily was the first of its kind in ten years and was conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The purpose of this report was to bring awareness of how dangerous alcohol is and people must reduce its consumption in the United States.
The agency that conducted the study about alcohol poisoning found that annually, approximately 2,221 people died between 2010 and 2012. The report revealed that most of these deaths, approximately three quarters were between ages 35-64, and most of them were men. Between the ages of 45 to 54, the death rate was the highest.
Dr. Robert Brewer, head researcher of the alcohol program at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that many of the previous studies regarding alcohol as a cause of death have looked at younger people and college students. Dr. Brewer said that the alcohol issue in the United States is bigger than that and his team of researchers was surprised to find that most of the deaths from alcohol poisoning were among middle-aged men.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that the number of deaths caused by alcohol poisoning is a bigger problem in the US that it was previously believed. The Center said that no one knows for sure whether the death rate has increased because the researches have changed methods in tracking the data these past years.
Alcohol poisoning occurs when large amounts of alcohol are consumed in a relatively short period of time. When this happens, the level of blood-alcohol rises immediately and overwhelms the body so it cannot respond. When excessive alcohol amounts are consumed, it can shut down the parts of the brain that are in charge of the breathing process. The brain can also shut down the heart rate and body temperature.
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