Alcohol Portal

Effects of Drinking Alcohol on Your Health

While most people know that drinking too much alcohol can lead to injuries and deaths in car crashes, many people do not know that drinking too much alcohol also can increase the chances of  cancer, suicide, unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and other negative health outcomes. CDC provides for the common defense of the country and, as such, has a significant role in fighting excessive alcohol use through the use of our science, tracking, and service to the countless Americans and their families affected by drinking too much.

Alcohol & Cancer

VIDEO: What would you tell your patients about drinking alcohol and breast cancer risk?

Dr. Lisa Richardson, an oncologist and Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at CDC, explains the link between drinking alcoholic beverages and breast cancer risk, and what you can do to lower your risk.

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Data & Statistics

Find national and state maps, statistics, graphs, and data about alcohol consumption.

Page last reviewed: July 21, 2021