Alcohol & Drug Use



Did You Know?

 

Did You Know? is a feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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December 4, 2020
  • Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is associated with various health problems, including cancer, heart disease, and poor mental health.
  • It is responsible for more than 95,000 deaths in the US each year, resulting in 2.8 million years of potential life lost and shortening the lifespan by an average of 29 years.
  • States and communities can prevent deaths from excessive drinking by using population-level strategies that include reducing the affordability, availability, and accessibility of alcohol.
August 21, 2020
  • Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is associated with various health problems, including cancer, heart disease, and poor mental health.
  • It is responsible for more than 93,000 deaths in the US each year, resulting in 2.7 million years of potential life lost and shortening the lifespan by an average of 29 years.
  • States and communities can prevent deaths from excessive drinking by using population-level strategies that include reducing the affordability, availability, and accessibility of alcohol.
August 9, 2019
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July 5, 2019
  • More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids during 2012‒2014 were binge drinkers
  • Drinking alcohol pdf icon[PDF-867KB] while using opioids increases the risk of overdose and death.
  • Widespread use of effective community-based strategies for preventing binge drinking—such as regulating the number of places that sell alcohol in any given neighborhood—could reduce opioid misuse and overdoses involving alcohol.
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