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)
In our culture, alcohol is often present at holiday dinners, family celebrations and gatherings with friends. It has been a popular beverage in all forms for thousands of years, but for some their use could be harming their health and those around them.
According to the Center for Disease Control, excessive alcohol use, including underage drinking and binge drinking (drinking 5 or more drinks on an occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on an occasion for women), can lead to increased risk of health problems such as injuries, violence, liver diseases, and cancer.
According to the most recent Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS), 44.5% of students in Berks recently used alcohol, making it the most common early initiation/higher prevalence substance used.
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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