Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in Wisconsin. In 2019, Wisconsin ranked third in the country in terms of the percentage of adults who currently drink alcohol (64.4%)
Studies show that as the perception of risk related to an activity decreases, the likelihood of adults participating in that activity increases. This relationship is demonstrated by Wisconsin adults’ high rates of alcohol consumption and binge drinking, and low rates of perceived harm from drinking (37.9%) Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
While youth in Wisconsin are not binge drinking more than their national counterparts (12.7% vs. 13.7%, ), Wisconsin youth perceive binge drinking as less risky. Research has shown that people who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Research has also indicated that drinking alcohol is associated with the use of drugs and interferes with brain development. Accordingly, prevention efforts should focus on addressing the low perception of risk related to alcohol consumption among Wisconsin youth (Sources: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
23% OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN MANITOWOC COUNTY HAVE DRANK ALCOHOL IN THE LAST 30 DAYS AND 47% HAVE DRANK ALCOHOL MOST STARTING AT 13 YEARS OF AGE. (2021 Manitowoc County YRBS)
As a community, we need to create an environment with increased awareness on the harms and consequences of alcohol not only to youth, but adults as well!
- Drink in Moderation
- For most women, moderate drinking is no more than one standard drink a day.
- For most men, moderate drinking is no more than two standard drinks a day.
- Even though moderate drinking may be safe for many people, there are still risks. Moderate drinking can raise the risk of death from certain cancers and heart diseases.
- Pace your drinking. Have no more than one standard drink per hour
- Set the Example
- Stay away from alcohol in high-risk situations. For example, do not operate a vehicle after drinking alcohol.
- Get help if you think you have an alcohol-related problem.
- Do not give alcohol to your children. Tell them that any alcohol in your home is off-limits to them and to their friends.
- Attend and support opportunities where you and youth can have fun without the use of substance.
Learn More at…
- Wisconsin Department of Health and Services (Alcohol in Wisconsin): https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/alcohol/index.htm#:~:text=Wisconsin%20(21.9%25)%20ranks%20third,for%20Disease%20Control%20and%20Prevention%20%5D.
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Data Archive: https://pdas.samhsa.gov/saes/state
- SAMHSA (Alcohol Misuse): https://www.samhsa.gov/data/taxonomy/term/91
- Alcohol & Public Health: https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/index.htm