Alcohol and Other Drugs
What is the problem?Heavy Drinking
- Heavy drinking is defined for adult men as an average of more than two drinks per day.
- Heavy drinking for adult women is defined as an average of more than one drink per day.
- Heavy drinking is associated with liver cirrhosis, inflammation of the pancreas, and various cancers including cancer of the liver, mouth, throat and voice box.
- The rate of heavy drinking has stayed steady over the past couple of years, and Minnesota adults are slightly lower than adults nationally in reporting heavy drinking.
- Four percent of Minnesota adults reporting heavy drinking in 2007.
Heavy Drinking – Data Sources:
General information on alcohol and health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/quickstats/general_info.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008.