Alcohol abuse is a widespread issue in the United States. Even though it’s legal for individuals over age 21 to purchase and drink alcohol, many consume alcohol at levels that pose safety and health risks for themselves and others. Excessive alcohol use can cause serious problems and, for some, may lead to dependence. Alcohol abuse can affect people of all ages, and problems associated with alcohol dependence take a toll on the individual who drinks, as well as their families, children, workplace, and communities.
Learn more by downloading the Fact Sheet for Prevention of Alcohol Abuse in the U.S. [PDF] from SAMHSA
- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) – An institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems.
- The Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) – A SAMHSA initiative that works to develop and improve the skills, knowledge, and expertise of the prevention workforce.
- The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Center for Excellence – A SAMHSA-led initiative devoted to preventing and treating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It provides information and resources about FASD and materials to help raise awareness about this issue.
- Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups – A support group for families and friends of people with alcohol problems.
- The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Task Force on College Drinking – Offers research and information on college drinking (also available by calling 301-443-3860).
- Alcoholics Anonymous – A program that provides support for people with alcohol problems, with information and a list of support groups.