Approximately six alcohol poisoning deaths happen every day in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But even when alcohol poisoning does not kill, it can damage your body in dangerous ways.
Learn the facts, and you can be prepared to save a life, possibly your own.
Alcohol poisoning is binge drinking gone overboard: significant amounts of alcohol, consumed in a short period, which can begin a shutdown process in the brain, eventually even shutting down the areas responsible for breathing and heartbeat. At that point, death occurs, but binge drinking alcohol can also cause:
One does not need to binge drink regularly to experience alcohol poisoning. Even just one incident of drinking to the point of alcohol poisoning can cause death. Young people and younger adults who may not understand their personal alcohol limits are at highest risk of unintentional consequences from alcohol, but drinking to excess at any age can be physically damaging.
The younger one begins drinking to excess and the regularity with which one binge drinks impact the severity of health consequences. Biological factors also influence the likelihood of health effects and alcohol poisoning from excessive drinking. Non-Hispanic whites have the highest death rates from alcohol poisoning (though Native Americans experience death rates from alcohol poisoning at a higher percentage).
However, alcohol poisoning knows no age or racial boundaries: anyone can “overdose” on alcohol if enough is consumed in a short period.
Preventing alcohol poisoning only involves engaging in low-risk drinking. Whether at home or out with friends, follow these tips for safe drinking:
Beyond just setting healthy limits and safer behavior when drinking, it is important to be able to recognize the signs that someone may have a problem with alcohol. When someone cannot seem to make sensible decisions about alcohol and then stick to those decisions, or when an individual has noticeable behavioral changes/mood swings around the consumption or withdrawal from alcohol, that person may have a problem with alcohol.
Alcohol use disorders affect millions of Americans. As we understand what healthy drinking habits are, and the risks associated with unhealthy alcohol poisoning, we educate our communities. That education reduces the stigma associated with alcohol use disorders so that real help can be obtained.
Alcohol use disorders are not simply a moral issue. Addiction is a complex disorder that can be classified as a disease. To get help with the illness of dependency call our toll-free number today.