What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk of Alcohol-Related Harms

Key points

  • There are effective ways you can lower the risk of alcohol-related harms—for yourself, young people, and your community.
  • These effective solutions can also help you create environments that make it easier for people to choose to drink less, improving health and well-being.
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Why it matters

  • Excessive alcohol use is a leading preventable cause of death.
    • It is responsible for about 488 deaths per day in the United States.1
    • These deaths and alcohol-related illnesses can be prevented.
  • Excessive alcohol use can also increase the risk of harm to other people.
    • By creating environments that make drinking less an easier choice, you can improve the health and well-being of friends, loved ones, and others in your community.

Did you know?‎

Most people who drink excessively can choose to drink less without needing medical treatment.

Getting started

Improve your own health

You can:

  • Drink in moderation if you choose to drink alcohol, or choose not to drink.
  • Talk with your health care provider if you have concerns about your drinking.
  • Use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s National Helpline.
    • If you have concerns about your drinking, you can use the helpline to find help near you.

Check your drinking‎‎

Take a few minutes to check your drinking. You will get personalized feedback that can help you decide if you want to drink less.

Support young people

Here's what you can do:

Help improve the health of your friends, loved ones, and community

Here's how you can help:

  1. Esser MB, Sherk A, Liu Y, Naimi TS. Deaths from excessive alcohol use — United States, 2016–2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2024;73:154–161. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7308a1