Alcohol and Drug Prevention

Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Alcohol use is very common in the US. More than half of Americans age 12 and older say they drink alcohol. Many people drink a lot of alcohol every day.

Binge drinking is drinking a lot of alcohol at one time.

    • More than 5 drinks for men
    • More than 4 drinks for women 

Drinking alcohol every day and drinking a lot can cause health problems like liver damage, heart disease, high blood pressure, and death. Women who drink when they are pregnant can hurt the health of their babies.

If you think you might be drinking too much, talk to your doctor about what you can do to reduce or quit drinking. Check out the link below to Rethinking Drinking Alcohol and Your Health. This is an interactive website where you can learn more about drinking and how it harms your health.

Drug Abuse Prevention

Many people think of drug abuse as taking street drugs like marijuana, meth, heroin and cocaine. Misusing prescription drugs is also a form of drug abuse. Prescription drug misuse is right behind marijuana and alcohol as the most common drug problems.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug use, you do not have to struggle on you own. If you are comfortable talking to your health care provider, he or she can help you. Your doctor's phone number is on the front of your PHC ID card.

Check out the CDC website for more information on drug misuse and addiction: