Make a Plan to Drink Less

“Choosing to drink less alcohol can help you be your best. Being your best could mean enjoying your golden years in good health, feeling refreshed and rested each morning, or having more money in the bank. Drink less and be your best.”

Find a new CDC tool that can help you check and make a plan to drink less (USA, 2022)

Find What Works: How to Start Drinking Less

Small changes can make a big difference in reducing your problems related to your drinking. Whatever strategies you choose, give them a chance. If one approach doesn’t work, try something else.

Why Drinking Less Matters

Binge drinking puts you at risk of short- and long-term health problems. These problems include hangovers, injuries, overdoses, alcohol use disorder, heart and liver disease, and cancer.

Almost 40% of all deaths related to alcohol use are due to binge drinking.

Being alcohol impaired can lead to significant lapses in judgment and decreased impulse control and coordination—all of which increase the likelihood of getting hurt.

The Price We Pay

Excessive alcohol use is associated with more than 140,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. The cost of excessive alcohol use on the U.S. economy is similarly steep.

In 2010, excessive alcohol use cost this country $249 billion. That works out to about $2.05 per drink. The average cost per person was $807. And 77% of these costs were attributed to binge drinking.

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