Alcohol Awareness Month

April 8, 2015

April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  This month highlights the health risks associated with problem drinking and the importance of identification and intervention.  According to NCHS data, there are over 18,000 alcoholic liver disease deaths and 29,000 alcohol-induced deaths (excluding accidents and homicides) in the U.S.

Over 50 percent of the adults in the U.S. have said that they have had at least 12 alcoholic drinks in the past year.

The U.S. adult population consumes an average of almost 100 calories per day from alcoholic beverages.  Men consume more calories from alcoholic beverages than women. Younger adults consume more calories from alcoholic beverages than older adults. Men consume more beer than other types of alcohol.

Who will be drinking on St. Patty’s Day?

March 17, 2010

Who will have whiskey in the jar on one of the most popular drinking days of the year? Well, on average,  men are more likely than women to be current drinkers (68% compared with 55%). Men are also more likely to be moderate (22%) or heavy drinkers (6%) than women (7% and 4%, respectively). Youth also contributes to heavier drinking:

Other indicators:

  • White men and women are more likely to be current drinkers than other races, and non-Hispanic adults are more likely than Hispanic adults to be drinkers.
  • Current drinkers increase with education from 44% for adults with less than a high school diploma to 74% for adults with a graduate degree.
  • The prevalence of current drinking increases dramatically with family income.

For more, visit the new report on adult health behaviors at