All North Carolina communities support safe and responsible use of alcohol.

Why Is This Important?

Alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in North Carolina. Excessive alcohol use causes poor health outcomes and has social and economic repercussions. HNC 2030, p. 70

Story Behind the Curve

In 2018, 16.9% of adults in North Carolina reported binge or heavy drinking. This placed North Carolina at 14th among US states. Men are twice as likely to report excessive drinking and it is most reported for adults 18-44, whites, Hispanics, and multiracial individuals. Individuals with higher income ($75,000+ annually) reported excessive drinking at 23% compared to 17.7% for lower income individuals ($25,000-$49,999 annually). Although the percentage of excessive drinking has been slowly increasing, the goal is to reduce this indicator to 12.0% over the next 10 years. Prioritizing reducing excessive drinking reported by men will help to reach this goal. HNC 2030 pp. 70-71

Partners
Addiction Professionals North Carolina
https://www.apnc.org/
Centers for Disease Control’s Community Guide on Preventing Excessive Alcohol Consumption
https://www.thecommunityguide.org/topic/excessive-alcohol-consumption
Forensic Tests for Alcohol- NC DPH Branch
https://publichealth.nc.gov/chronicdiseaseandinjury/fta/index.htm
Mothers Against Drunk Driving North Carolina
https://www.madd.org/north-carolina/
National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association (NABCA)
https://www.nabca.org/
North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC)
https://www.ncahec.net/about-nc-ahec/statewide-work
North Carolina Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) Informed
https://ncfasdinformed.org/about-us/about-ncfasd-informed
North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative (PUDI)- Talk It Up. Lock It Up!
https://www.ncpudi.org/
https://www.ncpudi.org/resources/talk-it-up-lock-it-up/
North Carolina Substance Use Disorder Federation
https://sudfederation.org/
Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC)
https://www.rcnc.org/
The Center for Alcohol Policy
https://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/             
The Center for Prevention & Counseling- Too Smart to Start
https://centerforprevention.org/too-smart-to-start/
What Works
  • Consider laws around beer and wine couponing
  • Education for family practitioners about how to talk about alcohol consumption and resources for addressing excessive drinking
  • Education for parents about securing alcohol at home
  • Expand access to treatment through Medicaid eligibility
  • Hold alcohol retailers liable for intoxicated or underage customers who cause injury to others
  • Increase alcohol excise taxes
  • Increase funding for compliance checks
  • Increase number and access to programs like Fellowship Hall
  • Integrate Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into medical settings
  • Reduce density of alcohol retailers
  • Reduce the days and hours designated for alcohol sales
  • Screen adults for excessive drinking and conduct brief intervention for those that screen positive
  • Support and maintain state-controlled alcohol sales
Description of Indicator Data

NC State Center for Health Statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Additional Data Needed at Local Level
  • Map of points of liquor sales in community
  • Number of criminal offenders under the influence when crime was committed
  • Number of emergency room visits for alcohol-related injuries and conditions
  • Economic cost of alcohol-related injuries and conditions
  • Availability of alcohol from illegal sales and practices
  • Availability of inpatient and outpatient treatment and counseling programs
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) locations and meeting times
  • Expand the NC Alcohol Data Dashboard
Measures
Time
Period
Current Actual Value
Current Target Value
Current
Trend
Baseline
% Change
I
2019
20.0%
2
147%
I
2019
12.3%
1
26%
I
2019
17.4%
1
14%
I
2019
19.3%
1
-4%
I
2019
9.5%
2
-21%
I
2019
17.0%
1
9%
I
2019
15.6%
2
6%
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