Alcohol misuse has always been a problem and the stress of the last year has only amplified it. According to a recent study, more people are turning to alcohol to cope with unprecedented uncertainty and stress. The study’s researchers found that alcohol consumption among adults increased by 14% from 2019 to 2020. Women exhibited a 41% increase in alcohol consumption over a 2019 baseline. Use this month to become more aware about alcohol misuse.
- Almost every day 30 people die in a motor vehicle accident caused by alcohol
- 88,000 Americans die each year from alcohol-related causes
- Alcohol is a group 1 carcinogen (cancer causing) – the same category as asbestos, tobacco, and other known cancer causing agents.
- The USDA recommends that men consume no more than one drink on any given day; women are limited to one.
What can you do:
- Practice limiting your consumption by tracking how much you are drinking
- Choose an Alcohol-Free weekend during the month of April. The intent is for you to stop drinking from Friday through Monday, and then gauge the effect of the alcohol-free days.
- Need more information and help? Visit niaaa.nih.gov