Alcohol & Drug Use

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a weekly 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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July 19, 2019
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  • 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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  • One in eight adult women and one in five high school girls in the United States binge drink. Women who binge drink do so about three times a month, averaging six drinks per binge.
  • Drinking too much alcohol results in about 23,000 deaths among women and girls each year, and increases risks for cancer, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancy.
  • The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends evidence-based strategiesexternal icon for preventing excessive alcohol use, including binge drinking.

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Page last reviewed: October 12, 2016