Many of those that purchase and drink alcohol legally in the United States 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.
In fact, South Dakota has an average of 7.73-11.71% of the 12 or older population that suffer from alcohol dependence or abuse.
Nearly 23% (59.7 million) of individuals aged 12 or over participated in binge drinking at least once in the last 30 days. On an annual basis, excessive alcohol consumption is associated with approximately 80,000 deaths.
Learn what you can do to help protect your loved ones and community by downloading the Fact Sheet for Prevention of Alcohol Abuse in the U.S. [pdf].
- 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 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.