Visitors toast each other on a sunny day during Oktoberfest in Munich, September 27, 2008.
Visitors toast each other on a sunny day during Oktoberfest in Munich, September 27, 2008. REUTERS

A research conducted by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that six people die every day in the United States alone due to alcohol poisoning. This is a condition in which excess alcohol is consumed in a short span of time. A yearly calculation of the average death rate per day reveals that an average of 2,221 people in the U.S. lose their lives to the habit.

The CDC stated that this is "one of the leading preventable causes of death." The victims mostly are adults between the ages of 35 and 70 and male whites are the main victims in majority of the cases. The Vital Signs report was completed with the analysis of the data from death certificates collected from 2010 to 2012. The report looked into not just the age groups but the health complications that result in death and the geographical areas of the deceased.

The report found that deaths due to alcohol poisoning vary from state to state. Alaska has the most and Alabama the least number of deaths per million people, per year. Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an agency news release that the number of deaths due to alcohol poisoning was heartbreaking and that it is a "critical health issue facing this nation."

While moderate alcohol consumption can be good for the health, binge drinking has poses threats to the internal bodily system. Alcohol is poison and the liver's function is to purify and filter it from the blood. When the excess alcohol cannot be purified it gets into the bloodstream and this impacts you physically and mentally. According to WebMD, it causes breathing, body temperature, heart rate and the brain to shut down and that ultimately results in death. You could also go into a coma.

CNN stated that the other signs of alcohol poisoning could include "severely slurred speech, loss of coordination and vomiting." Arias said that there is an urgent need to implement effective programs and policies to stop binge drinking. That will also stop the health and social harms that come with the habit.