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Alcohol Use - Public Health and Safety Concerns

Alcohol Use and Responsibility

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend if you drink alcoholic beverages to do so in moderation which is defined as no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men.

There are some individuals who should not drink any alcohol including those who are:

Alcohol Use in Minneapolis

In Minneapolis, 37% of 9 th graders report alcohol use in the past year and 24% report alcohol use in the past 30 days. 21% of Minneapolis 9 th graders report riding in a car with friends who used alcohol or other drugs. (2007 Minnesota Student Survey)

Among Minneapolis adults, 17% report binge drinking (five or more drinks) more than once in the past 30 days. (2006 SHAPE Survey, Hennepin County)

Health and Safety Concerns

Alcohol is the third leading cause of death in the United States after tobacco, diet and physical inactivity. Alcohol use also contributes to the following health and safety issues:

(Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Costs

In 2001 the Minnesota Department of Health estimated the economic costs of alcohol use in the state at $4.5 billion. This is 19 times greater than the tax revenue collected from alcohol sales and equates to approximately $900 per person in the state.

More information

Blood Alcohol Calculator, DrunkDrivingDefense.com

Blood Alcohol Calculator, Police Notebook

Alcohol and Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alcohol and Other Drugs, Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association

Minnesota Liquor Omnibus Bill, 340A.404 – This state statute identifies specific locations where on-sale liquor or wine licenses can be issued regardless of local restrictions.

Last updated May. 3, 2012