Excessive Alcohol Use Prevention
Excessive alcohol use remains the third leading cause of preventable death among Oregonians and is responsible for over 2,000 deaths annually. Diseases related to excessive alcohol use and misuse include cancer, liver disease, diabetes, and alcohol dependence. Related injuries include those from motor vehicle crashes and violence.
Excessive alcohol use has serious consequences for public health. It can lead to significant problems including liver disease, diabetes, cancer, alcohol dependence and injuries from motor vehicle crashes and violence. Conversely, consuming less alcohol lowers a person’s risk for injuries and for developing a chronic disease. Drinking less alcohol also helps people manage existing chronic diseases, including liver disease, cancers and alcohol dependence.