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How widely is alcohol used and misused?

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,

86.4 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime;

70.1 percent reported that they drank in the past year;

56.0 percent reported that they drank in the past month.

26.9 percent of people reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month;

7.0 percent reported that they engaged in heavy alcohol use in the past month.

How many drinks can lead to impairment?

Three standard drinks of any kind in rapid succession can challenge the capacity of metabolism and result in impairment of driving and significant blood alcohol levels. It could take four to five hours to completely metabolize that amount of alcohol.

What long term outcomes is alcohol linked with?

  • Intentional injuries such as firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence

  • Unintentional injuries such as car crash, falls, burns, drowning

  • Increased on-the-job injuries and loss of productivity

  • Increased family problems, broken relationships

  • Alcohol poisoning

  • High blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases

  • Liver disease

  • Nerve damage

  • Permanent damage to the brain- cell death