On April 25, 2008, Mr. Gunter and a friend, Billy Moon, told their parents that they were going to an ice-skating rink. Instead, they went to a home in White County, Georgia.
Police were summoned to the home early on April 26. Mr. Gunter was transported to the hospital, while Mr. Moon was released to his parents. At the hospital, Mr. Gunter was put into a medically-induced coma. He died of the consequences of alcohol poisoning on Thursday, May 1, 2008.
An adult, William Maxton Midgett, 22, has been charged with providing alcohol to minors. My deep condolences to Mr. Gunter's family and friends.
In 2007, at least thirty-one young people died of alcohol toxicity (alcohol poisoning, alcohol overdose).
"There's no place that's actually keeping data on alcohol deaths"--Thomas Kunstman MD.
In an article called Magnitude of alcohol-related mortality and morbidity among U.S. college students ages 18–24: changes from 1998 to 2001, by Hingson R, Heeren T, Winter M, Wechsler H. in Annual Review of Public Health. 2005, 26:259-279, the authors used statistical methods:
Estimated number of nontraffic injury deaths of all youth that are alcohol related:
Estimated number of nontraffic injury deaths of college students that are alcohol related: