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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 3, 2015

Alcohol Poisoning Deaths Hit Middle-Aged Men Hardest

JAMA. 2015;313(9):886. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.0700

Alcohol poisoning from binge drinking claims more than 2221 lives each year in the United States—a figure that represents 6 deaths daily, primarily among middle-aged men.

In a recent study, researchers analyzed alcohol-poisoning deaths among people 15 years and older using multiple cause-of-death data from the National Vital Statistics System for 2010 to 2012. The data showed that fewer than one-third (30%) of people who died from alcohol poisoning were alcohol dependent. Hypothermia was a contributing factor in 6% of alcohol-poisoning deaths, and drug abuse was identified in 2.8% of cases. Three-quarters of alcohol poisoning cases occurred among people 35 to 64 years old, primarily men (76.4%) (Kanny D et al. MMMR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;63[53];1238-1242).

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