Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Minnesota has one of highest alcohol poisoning death rates in the country

Author:

Minnesota has one of the highest levels of alcohol poisoning deaths in the country, as concerns rise about binge drinking in the state.

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control found that Minnesota had 16.4 alcohol poisoning deaths per million people between 2010 and 2012. Only seven other states had higher levels.

MPR says the new figures show that Minnesota's binge drinking problem is worse than previously thought, with the CDC finding that 76 percent of those who die from alcohol poisoning are aged between 35 and 64, and are typically white men.

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning can include vomiting, slow breathing, seizures, hypothermia and unconsciousness, the Mayo Clinic says, and in severe cases can lead to death.

Minnesota's American Indian population may be most at risk of alcohol poisoning, with the CDC report finding that American Indians and Alaska Natives have the most alcohol poisoning deaths per million people than any other race.

According to the Washington Post, the CDC defines binge drinking as five drinks for a man or four for a woman in about two or three hours, and that the report found that while 18 to 34-year-olds had the largest number of binge drinkers, middle-aged people tend to drink more than both younger and older people, leading to higher deaths.

Binge drinking is one of the main health problems affecting Minnesotans. Just last month, United Healthcare ranked Minnesota as the sixth healthiest state in the country for 2014, KSTP reports, after finishing third in 2013.

This drop was in no small part down to alcohol-related illnesses, with 21 percent of Minnesotans admitting to binge drinking.

The Midwest has commonly been associated with high levels of binge drinking, with KIMT suggesting this is due to both the area's German or Scandinavian heritage, which allegedly instils the idea that risk with alcohol is low, as well as easier access to alcohol than in other parts of the country.

The region's high binge drinking levels helps explain why Fargo and Duluth were second and sixth respectively on Business Insider's 25 Most Hungover Cities in America, which was compiled based on state health habits coupled with data about liquor and bar businesses.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

Related

Minnesota is one of the drunkest states in the country

Not nearly as bad as North Dakota and Wisconsin, though.

Minnesota has one of highest depression diagnosis rates in the U.S., study says

We're ranked 4th nationally, but it's particularly high among women.