Prevention of Alcohol Abuse – National Prevention Week: Day 4

Photo: © Europen Parliament/P.Naj-Oleari 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.

7915youth-alcohol-abuse-glasses-small-49145Nearly 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].

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