Binge drinking more likely to kill middle-aged people

When people talk about binge drinking, it's usually relates to wretched excess at college parties.  But the people most at risk of dying from excessive drinking at middle-aged, according to a report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC).

The CDC analyzed death certificate data from 2010 to 2012 and found that an average of 2,200 people died from alcohol poisoning each year. The agency determined that more than half of these deaths involved white men and an average of three out of four people who died were between the ages of 35 and 64. Only 5.1 percent of the deaths were young people between 15 and 24.

The bottom line is that people who are still participating in this kind of drinking after college are putting themselves at much more risk than their younger counterparts.

The report noted that while an average of six Americans died every day from alcohol poisoning during the study period, only a third of them were considered alcoholics.  The highest rate of alcohol poisoning was in Alaska, where there were 46.5 deaths per million residents.

The CDC classifies binge drinking as four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on a single occasion.

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Sourced from: Reuters, Binge drinking most likely to kill middle-aged Americans, CDC says