Report: Middle Aged Michiganders Have Higher Risk of Death Due to Binge Drinking

January 14, 2015

By J. Carlisle Larsen

“We know that binge drinking and alcohol poisoning can happen whether it’s the first time you’re having—drinking alcohol or consuming alcohol. Or, it’s the fiftieth time. There are both short term and long term health risk associated with excessive alcohol use.”

--Jennifer Smith, Michigan Department of Community Health

Nearly 77 people die from alcohol poisoning every year in Michigan, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. About three-quarters of those deaths are middle aged residents. Jennifer Smith is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Community Health. She tells WDET’s J. Carlisle Larsen the report dispels common myths about binge drinking in the state.