2,500 of 'em died that way last year.
Well, OK they said "asphyxiation", which could be of the erotic variety ("A ballet skirt!")but I really think they mean drunk and choking on vomit.
Really, I just don't know what's happened to Britain. I mean, sure-alcoholism was always an issue, but not like this. Anyway, FYI-if someone is passed out, and throwing up sit them upright rather than have them lie down.
There's some other helpful first aid advice in the article as well, in case you run across a sober Englishperson (unlikely) and they need your assistance.