Oklahoma’s Alcohol Poisoning Underscores Underage Drinking

Posted: January 5, 2016 by



Oklahoma had the 11th evident highest rate of alcohol related deaths across the nation from 2010 to 2012, new reports shows. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP)’s study shows that each year, 37 residents of Oklahoma die due to alcohol abuse and poisoning. These include individuals which age ranges from 15 years and above.

Alcohol poisoning manifests when an extent amount of alcohol is being consumed usually occurs after a binge of drinking. Binge drinking, according to CDC, customarily involves consuming more than five alcoholic drinks within 2 to 3 hours for men. Hence, for women, it happens when four or more of these alcoholic beverages were consumed given the same span of time.

In addition, report shows that residents who died from poisoning were American Indians. Health Director of Oklahoma City Summer Duke says that this situation’s main reason is relatively correlated to the historical trauma and culture loss that these nationalities had suffered from.

According to Tom Boone, a Clinical Director from one of the treatment centers in the state, alcohol consumption has always been a major and growing problem among Oklahomans since then.

“It’s an ever changing picture with the teenager as well as those who have become more chronic in alcoholism, but the same result is the same, how it affects the central nervous system.”, he added.

Thus, underage drinking is a well-known widespread issue in this state. According to research, approximately, there are 132,000 minor individuals who drink each year in Oklahoma.

Furthermore, in 2013, underage drinking had cost the residents of Oklahoma for about 1 billion. These costs include unemployment, work loss, and other destructions affiliated with various problems caused by the level of severity in alcohol use, most especially by individuals who are not yet on their legal age.

2013 reports show that:

  • 3 percent had at least one drink of alcohol
  • Before age 13, 18.7 percent individuals had tried alcohol
  • 4 percent had at least one drink of alcohol on certain occasions per month
  • 8 percent had drinks not lower than 5 times in a row per month

Being properly guided of what alcohol can bring is crucial. The long term health risks incorporated with alcohol use highlights the need for further effective prevention and comprehensive treatment programs.

CDC report says that annually, more than 2,200 people die because of poisoning caused by alcohol or approximately 6 deaths each day.

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