Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Why it Matters: Excessive drinking can cause many health problems, including damage to the liver and pancreas, various cancers, high blood pressure and psychological disorders. It can also lead to unintentional injuries, violence, harm to a fetus if a woman drinks while pregnant, sudden infant death syndrome, and alcohol abuse or dependence.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
*Note: Starting in 2011, the BRFSS has included data from both landline and cell phone users. In the past, the BRFSS only collected data from landline users. This change will lead to more accurate estimates; however, BRFSS results prior to 2011 cannot be compared to BRFSS results from 2011 and beyond due to this change in methods.