Impact of Alcohol

It’s our collective responsibility to discourage excessive alcohol use among both youth and adults. We can achieve this through collaborative efforts aimed at improving community conditions and systems to reduce excessive alcohol consumption, using evidence-based strategies.

Excessive Alcohol Use in the U.S. is responsible for:


deaths each year


in economic costs

1 in 5

deaths among adults 20 to 49

Strategies That Work

The research on what works to discourage excessive alcohol use is clear and shows the effectiveness of several alcohol policy solutions.

  • Increasing alcohol taxes
  • Regulation of alcohol outlet density
  • Maintaining limits on days and hours of sale
  • Commercial host liability
  • Enhanced enforcement of laws prohibiting alcohol sales to minors
  • Electronic screening and brief interventions
  • Avoid privatization of alcohol sales

Read more about the recommendations of the Community Preventive Services Task Force.

What Works in Preventing Excessive Alcohol Use?