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Fact Sheet - Alcohol
Heavy alcohol users face a six-fold greater risk of oral cancer as compared to non-alcohol users. [2002 data]
Bad things often happen when you drink alcohol. Approximately 31% of those who die from unintentional, non-traffic injuries in the United States have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10 g/dL [grams per deciliter] or greater.
According to a report published in 2003, binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to report alcohol-impaired driving than non-binge drinkers.
Excessive drinkers are four times more likely to develop esophageal cancer than nondrinkers.
Parental alcohol or drug abuse is associated with nearly 50% of child abuse and neglect cases.
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism cut across gender, race, and nationality. Nearly 14 million people in the United States, or approximately 1 in every 13 adults, abuse alcohol or are an alcoholic.
Children of alcoholics are significantly more likely to initiate drinking during adolescence and to develop alcohol use disorders.
The gap between alcohol use by boys and girls has closed. Among 9th graders, girls consume alcohol and binge drink at rates almost equal to boys. [2003 report]
Approximately 96% of Americans are concerned about underage drinking, and a majority support measures that would help reduce teen drinking, such as stricter controls on alcohol sales, advertising, and promotion. [2001 data]
In 1999, the average American drank 32 gallons of beer, 51 gallons of soft drinks, 24 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of coffee.
Wisconsin leads the nation in women of childbearing age (ages 19 to 44 years) who binge drink alcohol (19%). The national average is 12%.
Heavy drinking and drug abuse among youth are linked to physical fights, destroyed property, job problems, school failure, delinquency, unwanted pregnancies, and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. [1997 data]
The Centers for Disease Control reports a 4-fold increase in the rate of frequent drinking among pregnant women between 1991 and 1995.
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