DUI Task Force - Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol is an integral part of our society. It is also a mood altering drug that impairs a person’s judgment and ability to do routine tasks, and, in some people, it is addictive. Abuse of alcohol also has negative effects on health that can lead to chronic liver disease and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Even moderate alcohol use can increase the risk of accidental injury. Nationwide, alcohol is related to:
- 30% - 40% of traffic crashes
- 25% - 50% of boating accidents
- 70% of assaults
As many as 40% of traumatic injuries treated in US emergency rooms may be alcohol-related; 20% - 25% of hospital admissions for an injury are alcohol-related.
Chronic Diseases and Injuries Associated with Alcohol Abuse
- traffic crashes
- high blood pressure
- breast cancer
Current Health Department Activities
- Responsible Alcohol Service and Sales Training - "Let's Control It"
- DUI Task Force- efforts to reduce drinking and driving, Designated Driver program, Home Free program (on the right sidebar of the page)
Missoula Measures Links - Community Health Data
- Binge Drinking
- Traffic Crashes
- Excessive Adult Alcohol Use
- Violent Crime
- Domestic Violence
- Youth Substance Abuse
Links to More Information
- Survival Guide for Parents of Teens - a booklet to help parents cope with their challenging teens, including possible alcohol use
- Healthy Living - CDC. Pages on maintaining a healthy weight, preventing diabetes, nutrition, etc.
- Montana Alcoholics Anonymous
- Alcoholic Anonymous, Missoula - and other local support groups can be found on the internet.
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