Alaska Leads Nation in Deaths by Alcohol Poisoning

Alaska ranks as the number one state in the nation for alcohol poisoning from 2010 to 2012, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Alcohol poisoning is typically caused by binge drinking at high intensity (i.e., consuming a very large amount of alcohol during an episode of binge drinking),” reports the CDC. “Approximately 38 million U.S. adults report binge drinking an average of four times per month and consuming an average of eight drinks per episode.”

The CDC counts alcohol poisoning deaths as those occurring among persons 15 years or older in which alcohol poisoning was classified as the underlying cause of death. The CDC calculates two metrics to rank states on alcohol poisoning which includes the average annual number of deaths — which is the raw number of deaths in that state, and the age-adjusted rate that is adjusted for the state population.