Even though it is not often considered a drug, alcohol is indeed a drug; in fact, it is a often used one. "According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 86.4 percent of people adults reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 70.1 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 56.0 percent reported that they drank in the past month (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2018)." In Taylor County, over 50 percent of youth report having at least 1 drink during their life, while 27.5 percent have had at least 1 drink in the last 30 days (Taylor County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2017). Alcohol has a range of short-term and long-term health risks. Although alcohol consumption is a part of Wisconsin society, adults (if they choose to drink) should drink responsibility, in moderation and be aware that children are watching.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2018
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Alcohol Use and Your Health [PDF]. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/pdfs/alcoholyourhealth.pdf National Institute of on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2018). Alcohol facts and statistics. Retrieved from https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AlcoholFacts&Stats/AlcoholFacts&Stats.htm
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