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National Alcohol Awareness Month

April 01, 2018



Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of health-related injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease and some types of cancer.  Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88, 000 deaths each year in the United States from 2006- 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.  Furthermore, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working age adults aged 20-64 years.  What can people do to prevent alcohol misuse or abuse?  Make a difference! Spread the word about strategies for preventing alcohol misuse or abuse and encourage communities, families, and individuals to be involved!


What is a “Drink”?

In the United States, a standard drink contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in:

  • 12-ounces of beer (5 % alcohol content)
  • 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content).
  • 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content).
  • 1.5-ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey).


Short-Term Health Risks of Alcohol


Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. These are most often the result of binge drinking and include the following:

  • Injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, and burns.
  • Violence, including homicide, suicide, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.
  • Alcohol poisoning, a medical emergency that results from high blood alcohol levels.
  • Risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners. These behaviors can result in unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
  • Miscarriage and stillbirth or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) among pregnant women.


Long-Term Health Risks of Alcohol

Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including:

  • Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism.
  • High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.
  • Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon.
  • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.


What can you do to help stop alcohol misuse and abuse?

  • Encourage friends or family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits.
  • Share tips with parents to help them talk with their kids about the risks of alcohol use.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to talk to their patients about the benefits of drinking less or quitting
  • Don’t drink when you’re upset
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink


For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

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