Alcohol Poisoning: A Rising Epidemic

In the United States, six people die from alcohol poisoning every day. That means that every year, 2,200 people pass away from alcohol related complications; as revealed by a recent report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study also reveals that more than 38 million Americans binge drink about four times a month, consuming about eight drinks throughout. While a majority of the deaths occur in adults between the ages of 35 and 64, a staggering 76% of those fatalities belong solely to men.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention principal Deputy Director Ileana Arias, “alcohol poisoning deaths are a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers of excessive alcohol use, which is a leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.”

The World Health Organization estimates that around 3.3 million deaths are directly attributed to alcohol abuse, totaling to about six percent of deaths worldwide. Aside from the fact, regular consumption of alcohol is responsible for a number of serious afflictions; such as: cardiovascular disease, multiple types of cancer, and cirrhosis of the liver.

As a result, alcohol related costs range from health care, crime, and work opportunity, and totals to roughly $235 billion. A shocking $30 billion alone is spent on health care issues due to alcohol abuse. In 2011, around $2.5 million was spent alcohol-related treatments, yet very few people who abused alcohol actually underwent treatment for substance abuse.

Since only one in six American adults have had their health care provider speak with them about their drinking, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are calling for more patient-doctor communication regarding this ongoing issue.

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