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Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with many health and societal problems including chronic diseases, unintentional injuries, and violence. 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 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 (CDC External Web Site Icon).

Task Force Findings
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Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings to prevent excessive alcohol consumption can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

Implementation Resources

Implementation Products

Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density pdf icon [PDF - 13.2 MB] External Web Site Icon
Developed by CDC’s Alcohol Program

Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Primary Care Practices pdf icon [PDF - 2.12 MB] External Web Site Icon
Developed by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

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

Webinars

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

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

Lowering Legal Blood Alcohol Limits Saves Lives

What Works - Fact Sheets

Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Community Guide News

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

Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Electronic Screening and Brief Interventions for Excessive Alcohol Use

Evidence Review and Task Force Finding Publications Now Available for Electronic Screening and Brief Intervention

Maintaining Limits on Days and Hours of Sale: Reducing the Harms from Drinking Too Much by Limiting Access to Alcohol

Regulating Alcohol Outlet Density Prevents Excessive Alcohol Use

Task Force Finds Commercial Liability an Effective Strategy to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms

Task Force Recommends Against Privatizing Retail Alcohol Sales

Task Force Recommends Increasing Alcohol Taxes to Prevent Excessive Alcohol Use and Other Harms

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

Slides and Presentations

Public Health Grand Rounds — Preventing Excessive Alcohol Use: What Public Health Can Do External Web Site Icon
Hosted by CDC

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