Excessive alcohol use can put an individual at risk for multiple harmful health outcomes including chronic conditions (like liver disease and cancer), motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and violence.  Excessive alcohol use includes:

  • Binge drinking: 4 or more drinks during a single occasion for women, 5 or more drinks during a single occasion for men
  • Heavy drinking: 8 or more drinks per week for women, 15 or more drinks per week for men
  • Any alcohol consumed by pregnant women
  • Any alcohol consumed by those under age 21

North Carolina is unique as it is one of only 18 control states where the purchase and sale of alcohol is regulated by the government.  Control states generally have lower rates of alcohol consumption, and in turn, lower rates of alcohol-related harms.  However, data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism show that per capita alcohol consumption in NC increased from 2013 to 2014 (the most recent years of available data).

 

References:
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Fact Sheets – Alcohol Use and Your Health. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Alcohol & Public Health: Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/faqs.htm
  1. The Community Guide: Preventing Excess Alcohol Consumption. Retrieved from http://www.thecommunityguide.org/alcohol/index.html