A new CDC study published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that binge drinking is strongly associated with use of other substances, as well as prescription drug misuse while drinking alcohol.
The study analyzed the 2016–2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data on alcohol and other substance use among US adolescents and adults age 12 years and older, and found that:
The use of alcohol and other substances increases the risk of overdose, particularly when certain prescription drugs are misused while drinking alcohol. A comprehensive approach to prevent binge drinking, substance use, overdoses, and other drug-related harms can include effective population-level strategies to reduce the availability and affordability of alcohol (e.g., increasing alcohol taxes, regulating the number and concentration of places that sell alcohol in communities) and other substance use prevention strategies.
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