Men’s Health Month Substance use & abuse ALCOHOL

Alcohol and other drug use among young people are major public health problems in the United States. Substance use and abuse can increase the chances for fatal and nonfatal injuries, sexual violence, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases.


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

·        Men consistently have higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations than women.1,8,9

·        Among drivers in fatal motor-vehicle traffic crashes, men are almost twice as likely as women to have been intoxicated (i.e., a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater).10

·        Excessive alcohol consumption increases aggression and, as a result, can increase the risk of physically assaulting another person.11

·        Men are more likely than women to commit suicide, and more likely to have been drinking prior to committing suicide.12-14