Alcohol and Pregnancy

Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), which are physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a lifetime. FASD is !00% preventable. 

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Scientists estimate that a one-year increase in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic will result in 8,000 additional deaths from alcohol-related liver disease, 18,700 cases of liver failure, and 1,000 cases of liver cancer by 2040.
In the short term, alcohol consumption changes due to COVID-19 are expected to cause 100 additional deaths and 2,800 additional cases of liver failure by 2023

Consequences of Adolescent Alcohol Use
  • The effect was almost immediate. Alcohol-related traffic fatalities increased dramatically. Highway deaths not only increased in the states where the drinking age was lower but also in the states that bordered those states.
  • That's when Congress stepped in and mandated a nationwide legal drinking age of 21 by threatening to withhold federal highway funding to those states that did not increase the drinking age.
  • The higher legal drinking age immediately prompted a decrease in underage drinking and a decrease in drinking and driving as well as alcohol-related highway fatalities.


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Florida's Thirst: The Drunkest City in Florida Revealed

To rank the drunkest cities in America, and several Florida cities made the list. In this article, we'll delve into the cities in Florida that have the highest rates of excessive drinking, highlighting both their state and national ranks.
#4 Orlando
#3 Jacksonville
#2 Miami
#1 Tampa  

  • State Rank: 1
  • National Rank: 11
  • Excessive Drinking Rate: 21.2%

More than Half of People who Misuse Prescription Opioids also Binge Drink

More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge drinking, according to a new studyexternal icon released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicineexternal icon

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NIAAA- Drinking and Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, your baby grows inside you. Everything you eat and drink while you are pregnant affects your baby. If you drink alcohol, it can hurt your baby’s growth. Your baby may have physical and behavioral problems that can last for the rest of his or her life. Children born with the most serious problems caused by alcohol have fetal alcohol syndrome.

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Parents Empowered is a media and education campaign funded by the Utah Legislature and designed to prevent and reduce underage drinking in Utah by providing parents and guardians with information about the harmful effects of alcohol on the developing teen brain, along with proven skills for preventing underage alcohol use. (We saw this on vacation in Utah!)

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