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Injury and Violence Prevention Branch

Alcohol Use and Related Injuries

Fact Sheet: Excessive Alcohol Use in North Carolina Fact Sheet: Excessive Alcohol Use in North Carolina (PDF, 421 KB)

Excessive alcohol use can put you at risk for many harmful health outcomes including chronic conditions (like liver disease and cancer), motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and violence.  Excessive alcohol use includes:

  • Binge drinking: 4 or more drinks during a single occasion for women, 5 or more drinks during a single occasion for men
  • Heavy drinking: 8 or more drinks per week for women, 15 or more drinks per week for men
  • Any alcohol consumed by pregnant women
  • Any alcohol consumed by those under age 21

Surveillance Data

Data from vital records, hospital discharge data, emergency department data, and other sources are used to better understand and address the negative outcomes of excessive alcohol use. 

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS): Alcohol and Drinking and Driving

See also: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Injury Data

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS): Drinking During Pregnancy

See also: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Data

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Injury Data

Underage Drinking

High School

Middle School

Drinking and Driving

High School

Middle School

See also: Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Injury Data