According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 14.5 million people ages 12 and older had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2019.

During the COVID-19 pandemic alcohol use along with mental health challenges have been exacerbated by pre-existing and new stressors. According to a journal article written in Toxicology Reports a recent study showed that Americans drank an increase of 14% more alcohol in 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 2019.

Facts regarding alcohol use include the following:

  • A standard drink contains 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol.

  • Underage drinking is common and early use can lead to an alcohol use disorder later in life.

  • Men are almost two times more likely to binge drink more than women.

  • Women face higher risk for alcohol related consequences due to having less water in their bodies than men.

  • Before a person knows they are pregnant, alcohol can cause developmental problems for their developing baby. There is no safe time or amount of alcohol use in pregnancy.

  • Alcohol levels are usually highest in breast milk 30-60 minutes after an alcoholic beverage is consumed, and can be generally detected in breast milk for about 2-3 hours per drink after it is consumed.

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