Facts and Information on Alcohol Use and Addiction

  • A large organization of cancer doctors has issued a call to action to minimize alcohol consumption.  Read the position statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) of how risk of head, neck, esophageal, colorectal and female breast cancers, in particular, increase with alcohol consumption.
  • Use this CDC Fact Sheet “Alcohol Use and Your Health” to understand the short and long term health effects of excessive alcohol use (2015).
  • Smokers with a history of problem drinking are at at greater risk of relapsing into alcoholism, than those who quit smoking.  The research done by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health is summarized in Recovering Alcoholics: Quit Smoking to Stay Sober (Oct. 1, 2015).
  • The legal drinking age is tied to high school dropout rates. The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs compared dropout rates in the 1970s and 1980s, when the legal drinking age was lowered in many states to 18, to dropout rates since the federal legislation returned the legal drinking age to 21 nationwide.  The results – high school drop rates were 4 to 13% higher when the legal drinking age was lowered to 18!
  • Alcohol is still the deadliest drug.  Surveys conducted in 2014 show that alcohol remains, by far, the drug most associated with violent crime.  40% of those incarcerated for violent crimes had been drinking at the time they committed these offenses.
  • 2015-Vital-Signs.  This excellent visual learning tool from the CDC clearly shows the dangers of binge drinking, specifically fatalities from alcohol poisoning.


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