CDC Address:
Alcohol use is very common in our society. Drinking alcohol has immediate effects that can increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. Excessive alcohol use, either in the form of heavy drinking (drinking more than two drinks per day on average for men or more than one drink per day on average for women), or binge drinking (drinking more than 4 drinks during a single occasion for men or more than 3 drinks during a single occasion for women), can lead to increased risk of health. In 2006, more than 30,000 death were attributed to alcohol.

Find out how much excessive drinking costs your state from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's High Cost of Excessive Drinking report. Use the A-Z Index at the top of the page, click on A, scroll down to Alcohol and it is a featured Item from the CDC. Sacks, J. J.; Roeber, J.; Bouchery, E. E.; Gonzales, K.; Chaloupka, E. J.; Brewer, r. D; "State costs of excessive alcohol consumption, 2006", AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE (2013) Oct; 45(4): 475-85.

Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) this program generates estimates of alcohol-related deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) due to alcohol consumption. One may view the data by state.

Bartell, K.; Gross, C.; DiGuiseppi, C.; "Creation of a register on alcohol-impaired driving" INJURY PREVENTION (2006). To facilitate the identification of the best available evidence in the field of alcohol-impaired driving prevention, the Colorado Injury Control Research Center, in collaboration with the Cochrane Injuries Group, has begun to develop a register of controlled evaluations of interventions targeting drunk driving. This effort is being supported by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Frequently Asked Questions: Included are FAQs which define binge drinking, heavy drinking, alcohol abuse, drinking levels, problem drinking, alcohol and pregnancy, and more. For example: Frequently Asked Questions about alcohol:

"Cheap beer and STDs", Cheap beer prices may a have direct effect on increases in sexually transmitted disease (STD) among young people, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Every time beer taxes go up or the legal drinking age is raised, gonorrhea rates usually dropped among young people, according to Alcohol Policy and Sexually Transmitted Disease Rates --United States, 1981--1995 published April 28, 2000 by the CDC.

Binge Drinking
"Binge drinking is bigger problem than previously thought U. S. adults binge drink more frequently and consume more drinks when they do"
More than 38 million U. S. adults binge drink an average of four time a month and the most drinks they consume on average is eight according to a new Vitalsigns report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Binge drinking is more common among those with household incomes of $75,000 or more, but the largest number of drinks consumed per occasion is significantly higher among binge drinkers with household incomes of less than $25,000--an average of eight to nine drinks, the report said.

Binge drinking is divided as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on an occasion. Binge drinkers also put themselves and others at risk for many health and social problems, including car crashes, other unintentional injuries, violence, liver disease, certain cancers, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and both unintended and alcohol-exposed pregnancies.

Drinking and Driving
Drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes more than 80,000 deaths in the United States each year, making it the third leading preventable cause of death, and was responsible for more than $223.5 billion in economic costs in 2006. Over half of these deaths result from injuries that disproportionately involve young people. For more on this problem see the report at:

"Drinking and driving: a threat to everyone", Vitalsigns, October 2011,, US adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010. Though episodes of driving after drinking too much ("drinking and driving") have gone down by 30% during the last 5 years, it remains a serious problem in the US. Alcohol -impaired-drivers* are in involved in about 1 in 3 crash deaths, resulting in nearly 11,000 deaths in 2009.

Driving drunk is never OK. Choose not to drink and drive and help others to to the same.

*These drivers had blood alcohol concentrations of at least 0.08%. This is the illegal blood alcohol concentration level for adult drivers in the United States.

Latest Findings
People who drink and drive put everyone on the road in danger. Certain groups are more likely to drink and drive than others.
-Men were responsible for 4 in 5 episodes (81%) of drinking and driving in 2010.
-Young men ages 21-34 made up only 11% of the U. S. adult population in 2010, yet were responsible for 32% of all instances of drinking and driving.
-85% of drinking and driving episodes were reported by people who also reported binge drinking. Binge drinking mans 5 or more drinks for men or 4 or more drinks for women during a short period of time.

To read more about this serious problem got to:

High Costs of Excessive Drinking to States

Impaired driving facts from the CDC

Effects of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)

Motor Vehicle Safety facts

"Vital Signs" newsletter from the CDC - centers for Disease Control and Prevention article on "Binge Drinking : nationwide problem, local solutions"
- Introduction
- Problem
- U. S. State Information
- What can be done
- Science Behind this Issue
- Related links
- Social Media
- Read Associated MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


updated 12/13/16