Impact - Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) in Minnesota

Impact of ACEs

ACEs cumulatively impacts adult Minnesotan
health and wellbeing.

  • As the number of ACEs increases, the risk for health problems increases in a strong and graded fashion in areas such as alcohol and substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and smoking.

  • The risk for anxiety, depression, and smoking increases as the numbers of ACEs increases.

  • There is also a clear increase in reported chronic drinking for Minnesotans with four or more ACEs.

  • The correlation between ACEs and obesity or diabetes is not as evident among Minnesotans.

  • While there is a definite increased risk of asthma for Minnesotans with five or more ACEs, there is no clear pattern for those with four or fewer ACEs.

  • Minnesotans with more ACEs are more likely to rate themselves as having fair or poor health as compared to those with no ACEs.