What is over-drinking? [1]

Over-drinking is binge drinking, heavy drinking, and any alcohol consumption by minors or women who are pregnant.

Binge drinking is 4 (for women) or 5 (for men) or more drinks in one period.

Heavy drinking is more than 8 (for women) or 15 (for men) drinks in one week.

Over-drinking causes 1 out of 10 deaths for 20-64-year-old people in the United States.

What are the health effects of alcohol? [1-2]

Over-drinking and any other irresponsible forms of drinking cause harm to the community and the person drinking.

Drinking alcohol affects choice-making and can lead to injuries, accidents, violence, and risky sexual behaviors.

In the long term, drinking can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and liver disease.

What about underage drinking? [3]

In the United States it is illegal for anyone under 21 years old to buy or use alcohol.

Alcohol is the substance that is most frequently misused by adolescents in the United States.

Underage drinking is considered substance abuse because it is illegal for minors to drink alcohol.

More than 90% of the alcohol minors drink is in the context of binge drinking.

Video Source: Parents Empowered. “Underage Drinking Prevention Video – Monitoring.” N.d.

In 2018, HRVHS 11th graders took the Oregon Student Wellness Survey. Of these students, 20.3% reported binge drinking

at least once in the past month and 34.6% report drinking any alcohol in the past month. [4]

Sources:

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Perception. “Fact Sheets – Alcohol Use and Your Health.” 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm.

[2] National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “Alcohol’s Effects on the Body.” N.d. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body.

[3] Centers for Disease Control and Perception. “Fact Sheets – Underage Drinking.” 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm.

[4] Oregon Health Authority. “2018 Oregon Student Wellness Survey: Hood River Valley High School – Preliminary – Hood River County SD.” 2018.

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