CDC Report: Six Americans Die Each Day from Drinking
New reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published on Tuesday stated that six Americans die every day from drinking too much alcohol, or binge drinking. The yearly total of these deaths exceed 2,220. A majority of the deceased are adult white males between the ages of 35 and 64. This is a surprise to everyone, including the CDC, who believed that college-aged adults were the majority of binge drinkers. Binge drinking is defined as drinking an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. More specifically, it is when women drink more than 4 drinks in two hours or men drink more than 5 drinks in 2 hours.
The CDC also found that there is a clear ‘Binging Belt’ in the United States, meaning that 8 out of the 10 states with the highest annual death rate from alcohol poisoining are all in close proximity. These state include Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
The CDC hopes to see a reduction in binge drinking not only in these states, but in every state in America. This can be accomplished through proper education on the subject and also some alternative techniques. This includes making alcohol higher in price and not as readily available.