Each year in the United States, more than 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in our country. (CDC)

According to the Center for Disease Control, excessive alcohol use, including underage drinking and binge drinking (5 or more drinks for men or 4 or more drinks for women on one occasion), can lead to increased risk of injuries, violence, liver diseases, and cancer. One in six US adults binge drinks about four times a month (CDC).

Research shows that underage drinking increases a person’s chance of developing an alcohol use disorder (CDC).

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About Alcohol Use Disorder

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism describes alcohol use disorder as “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.” It affects about 16 million people in the United States.

The Mayo Clinic shares these signs and symptoms of an alcohol use disorder:

Have more questions about alcohol? View the CDC’s frequently asked questions.

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