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.
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.
Answers to common questions about alcohol and health
Why is it important in primary care?
Evidence-based strategies to prevent excessive alcohol use.
Calculate the expected number and value of injuries prevented and lives saved.
Tools and resources for states and communities to prevent excessive alcohol use.
Alcohol can affect a person’s judgment and increase risk.
The links between violence and alcohol
Alcohol may increase the risk of cancers
What are the risks?
Drink Less, Be Your Best
Data & Statistics
Find national and state maps, statistics, graphs, and data about alcohol consumption.