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Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is a risk factor for many health and societal problems. In 2010, the estimated economic cost of excessive drinking in the U. S. was $249 billion (Sacks et al., 2015).

Excessive drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and any drinking by pregnant women or people younger than age 21 (CDC 2015 External Web Site Icon).

  • Binge drinking, the most common form of drinking, is defined as consuming five or more drinks during a single occasion for men or four or more drinks during a single occasion for women.
  • Heavy drinking is defined as consuming fifteen or more drinks per week for men or eight or more drinks per week for women.

Most people who drink excessively are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent (Esser et al., 2014).

Underage drinking is considered a form of excessive drinking because it is both illegal and often involves consumption in quantities and settings that can lead to serious immediate and long-term consequences.

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Slides and Presentations

Public Health Grand Rounds — Preventing Excessive Alcohol Use: What Public Health Can Do External Web Site Icon
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Action Guides

Strategizer 55 - Regulating Alcohol Outlet Density: An Action Guide External Web Site Icon
Developed by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America in partnership with the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Strategizer 57: Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms Through Commercial Host Liability External Web Site Icon
Developed by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America in partnership with the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Community Guide News

Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with the CDC Alcohol Program

Media Outreach

CDC Media Release: Task Force Finds Commercial Liability an Effective Strategy to Reduce Alcohol-related Problems External Web Site Icon
Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with CDC’s Alcohol Program

CDC Media Advisory About Maintaining Limits on Days and Hours of Sale: CDC Releases Two Reports on Excessive Alcohol Use and Related Harms External Web Site Icon
Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with CDC’s Alcohol Program

CDC Newsroom Formatted Article About Maintaining Limits on Days and Hours of Sale: Reducing the Harms from Drinking Too Much by Limiting Access to Alcohol pdf icon [PDF - 208 kB] External Web Site Icon
Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with CDC’s Alcohol Program

Promotional Materials

Summary of Task Force Recommended Strategies: Evidence-Based Strategies to Prevent Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms pdf icon [PDF - 71 kB]
Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with CDC’s Alcohol Program

Webinars

September 19, 2013 – Indian Health Service Clinical Grand Rounds: Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms External Web Site Icon
Developed by The Community Guide and hosted by the Indian Health Service

What Works - Fact Sheets

What Works Fact Sheet: Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption pdf icon [PDF - Size 992 kB]

Community Guide Flyer

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Use this quick-read description of the Community Guide as a handout for presentations or as a stand-alone piece for exhibits, webinars, meetings, and conferences. [Two pages, designed to print front-and-back, head-to-head in color, on white 8.5" x 11" paper]

 
References

Esser MB, Hedden SL, Kanny D, Brewer RD, Gfroerer JC, Naimi TS. Prevalence of alcohol dependence among US adult drinkers, 2009–2011. Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:140329.

Sacks JJ, Gonzales KR, Bouchery EE, Tomedi LE, Brewer RD. 2010 national and state costs of excessive alcohol consumption. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2015;49(5):e73–9.

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