The misuse and abuse of alcohol affect the health and well-being of millions of Americans both in the short and long term. Teens and young adults in particular are at risk because of their developing brains.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
Among the 138.5 million people who were current alcohol users, 61.6 million people (or 44.4%) were classified as binge drinkers and 17.7 million people (28.8% of current binge drinkers and 12.8% of current alcohol users) were classified as heavy drinkers6
The percentage of people who were past month binge alcohol users was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (31.4%) compared with 22.9% of adults aged 26 or older and 4.1% of adolescents aged 12 to 176
The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 139.7 million Americans age 12 or older were past month alcohol users, 65.8 million people were binge drinkers in the past month, and 16 million were heavy drinkers in the past month6
Excessive alcohol use can increase a person’s risk of stroke, liver cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, cancer and other serious health conditions. It also can also lead to risk-taking behavior, including driving while impaired. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver daily.15
Talk. They Hear You.
SAMHSA’s Talk. They Hear You aims to reduce underage drinking and substance use among youths under the age of 21. The substance use prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.
Watch the videos below.
Realizing a family member or friend needs help for alcohol abuse problem can be devastating. But the SAPC has the resources to help you navigate this uncertain journey!