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Fast Facts About Alcohol Use


•    Alcohol affects every organ in the body
•    Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant
•    Alcohol slows a person’s reaction time and impairs judgment and coordination
•    Excessive drinking may result in memory loss and shrinkage of the brain
•    Older siblings’ alcohol use can influence the alcohol use of younger siblings in the family, particularly same sex siblings
•    Youth who use alcohol before age 15 are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent than adults who begin drinking at age 21
•    Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal and consequences for drinking while underage could lead to criminal charges
•    Consequences of youth drinking include risky sexual behavior, poor school performance and increased risk of suicide and homicide
•    Excessive alcohol use is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the U.S. each year.
•    In 2003 there were over 2 million hospitalizations related to alcohol use

Quick Statistics from:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Alcohol and Public Health
4770 Buford Hwy, NE
Mailstop K-67
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717

National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892