Alcohol & Health

Alcohol use is the third leading behavioral cause of death in the United States. As a contributor to injuries and chronic disease, alcohol is a factor in one in ten hospitalizations in New York City. One in five New Yorkers risky or excessive drinking.

Drinking during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. Learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and how to prevent them.

People who begin drinking before age 21 increase their risk of developing alcohol use disorders. Each year of delay reduces risk. Underage drinking tends to follow adult drinking patterns.

Alcohol use disorders can be treated by primary care physicians and specialty treatment facilities. Learn more about available services. Link to drug and alcohol use services page.

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