About CDC’s Alcohol Program

Findings from CDC’s Alcohol Program
  • Excessive alcohol use contributes to more than 95,000 deaths in the US each year, including 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults, and cost the US $249 billion in 2010.
  • 9 in 10 excessive drinkers do not have a severe alcohol use disorder.
  • Binge drinking is responsible for almost half of the deaths and three-quarters of the costs from excessive alcohol use.
  • 37 million US adults (1 in 6) binge drink about once a week, averaging 7 drinks a binge.
  • US adults consumed more than 17 billion binge drinks in 2015, or about 470 binge drinks per binge drinker.
  • States and communities can prevent binge drinking by supporting effective policies and programs, such as those included in The Community Guide.

Our Mission

To prevent excessive alcohol use and its impact in states and communities through public health surveillance, partnerships, and applied research for translation into public health practice.

Our Goals

  • Improve public health surveillance on excessive alcohol use, particularly binge and underage drinking, and related health outcomes.
  • Increase the translation and communication of effective population-level strategies for preventing excessive alcohol use and related outcomes into public health practice.
  • Expand state and local public health capacity in alcohol epidemiology and preventing excessive alcohol use.
  • Provide national leadership on effective population-level strategies to prevent excessive alcohol use through collaborations and partnerships.

Established in 2001, the Alcohol Program is located in CDC’s Division of Population Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Our Work

In the United States, excessive alcohol use is responsible for
1 in 10 deaths

Improving public health surveillance on excessive alcohol use and related harms, including:

  • Measuring the public health impact of excessive alcohol use (e.g., the prevalence, frequency, and intensity of binge drinking) among adults and youth.
  • Supporting the Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) application, which provides state and national estimates of deaths and years of potential life lost due to excessive alcohol use.
  • Assessing the economic costs of excessive alcohol use.

Translating evidence-based recommendations on excessive drinking into public health practice, including:

Supporting state and local health agencies to prevent excessive alcohol use, including:

Providing public health leadership to prevent excessive alcohol use, including:

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