Alcohol Facts and Statistics
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 86.3 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 70.1 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 55.9 percent reported that they drank in the past month.
Alcohol Facts and Statistics
Print version Alcohol Use in the United States: Prevalence of Drinking: According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 86.4 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 70.1 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 56.0 percent reported that they drank in the...

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Webinar: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain
Thursday, August 15, 2019, 1:00 pm EDT to Thursday, August 15, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT

Abstract: Teens are wired to seek novel, exciting experiences and take risks. All too often, that leads to experimentation with drugs and alcohol. The teen brain is especially sensitive to the effects of alcohol, increasing the odds that a teen will binge drink or experience blackouts. While adolescents eventually “age out” of these sensitivities, new research shows the effects of...

College Drinking
Harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives of students on campuses across the United States. Learn more... Visit NIAAA's site CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov -- your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students Read NIAAA's fact sheet...
Underage Drinking
Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks. The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone— regardless of age or drinking status. We all feel the effects of the aggressive behavior, property damage...
Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol - Parents
NIH Publication No.
21-AA-4314
This guide is geared to parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14. Keep in mind that the suggestions on the following pages are just that—suggestions. Trust your instincts. Choose ideas you are comfortable with, and use your own style in carrying out the approaches you find useful. Your child looks to you for guidance and support in making life decisions—including the decision not to use alcohol.
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College Drinking
Harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives of students on campuses across the United States. Drinking at college has become a ritual that students often see as an integral part of their higher education experience. Many students come to college with established drinking habits, and the college environment can exacerbate the problem.
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Announcement

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
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Event registration opens for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week®
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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) announced that event registration begins today for the next National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), to be held Jan. 22-28, 2018. NDAFW is an annual, week-long series of educational events that brings together teens and scientific experts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about...

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 am EDT to Sunday, April 5, 2020, 12:00 am EDT
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) announced the 10th annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), will take place March 30 through April 5, 2020. NDAFW is a week of educational events that annually brings together teens and scientific experts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about substance use and...
Director's Blog: Tis the season to be mindful of your drinking
December 2018 Tis the season to be mindful of your drinking The holidays are here! And since drinking alcohol is a part of holiday festivities for many people, it is a good time to be mindful of how it can affect our celebrations and our health. During the holidays some people may be more likely to binge drink. Binge drinking...

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Launches National Initiative to Prevent Underage Drinking - Governors' Spouses Form Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free
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The little-known but alarming facts surrounding alcohol consumption by children ages 9 to 15 have prompted more than 25 Governors' Spouses to join forces and put this issue on the national agenda. Today they launched Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, a multi-year, public-private partnership focused on preventing the use of alcohol by children, funded by the National Institute on...

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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week begins January 23
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Event registration opens today; new teacher resources available. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) announced today that the next National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) will be held Jan. 23-29, 2017, with event registration beginning immediately. NDAFW is an annual, week-long observance that brings together teens and scientific...

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® celebrates 10 years
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Observance helps teens dispel myths about substance use March 23, 2020—National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) marks its 10th anniversary March 30 through April 5, 2020, encouraging communities around the country to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about substance use and addiction. NDAFW is a joint initiative of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol...
Director's Blog: Be mindful of your drinking throughout the year
As we move from January to February, some people’s motivation to keep their New Year’s resolutions starts to wane. But it’s a good idea to be mindful of how alcohol can adversely affect our health all year long. Throughout the year, be mindful of how much alcohol constitutes a standard alcoholic drink and how much you are consuming. If you...
Women and Alcohol
Research shows that alcohol use and misuse among women are increasing. While alcohol misuse by anyone presents serious public health concerns, women who drink have a higher risk of certain alcohol-related problems compared to men.
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Underage Drinking
Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks.
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Announcement

New Issue of NIAAA Spectrum Now Online

NIAAA Spectrum is an online Webzine published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It features the latest news from the alcohol research field, infographics, and interviews with NIAAA staff and researchers from the field. The latest issue is now available. In this issue... Drinking and the Liver: Seeking Better Treatments for Alcoholic Liver Disease The liver is...