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Six people in US die each day from alcohol poisoning, CDC reports

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 08 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h105
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

More than 2200 people die from alcohol poisoning in the United States each year, an average of six a day, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported.

Alcohol poisoning is typically the result of binge drinking, which is defined as consuming four or more drinks on one occasion in women and five or more drinks in men. Binge drinking is common, the CDC said, as about 38 million US adults report binge drinking an average of four times a month, consuming an average of eight drinks each time. Most binge drinkers, the agency said, are not alcohol dependent.

In the new study1 researchers looked at death certificate data covering 2010-12 collected by the US National Vital Statistics System. …

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