Addressing Excessive Alcohol Use: State Fact Sheets

Excessive alcohol use is responsible for about 178,000 deaths in the United States each year and it shortens the lives of those who die by an average of 24 years. Excessive alcohol use was associated with an economic cost of $249 billion in 2010.  The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends evidence-based strategies to prevent excessive alcohol use and related harms at the population level, including increasing alcohol taxes, regulating the number and concentration of places that sell alcohol, and having other policies that reduce the availability and accessibility of alcohol.

CDC works with states and communities to prevent excessive alcohol use and its impact. These fact sheets highlight the public health problem and the status of alcohol policy solutions in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.