(ABCNEWS.GO) — Alcohol poisoning kills more than six people each day in America, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released today.
But they're not the people that even experts thought were vulnerable.
The data shows that alcohol poisoning -- a result of binge drinking -- kills more than 2,200 Americans a year, but 70 percent of them weren't identified as alcoholics. Three in four of these deaths involved adults between 35 and 64 years old, and most of them occurred among white men, according to the report.
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"This study shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are not just a problem among young people," report co-author Dr. Robert Brewer, who leads the CDC Alcohol Program, said in a statement.