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Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol misuse is strongly associated with health problems, disability, death, accident, injury, social disruption and violence. In the United States, an estimated 95,000 people (approximately 68,000 men and 27,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that in 2018, 20.5 million Americans age 16+ reported driving during the past 12 months while under the influence of alcohol. Every day 29 people died (1 every 50 minutes) from a motor vehicle accident involving an alcohol impaired driver.

Primary care physicians are often the only medical professionals that an at-risk drinker will encounter, placing them in a prime position to help prevent premature morbidity and mortality from alcohol use. Incorporating annual screening for alcohol misuse into primary care practices will aid in detecting risky or hazardous alcohol use before the onset of abuse, dependency, physical and social injury.

AFMC developed the Arkansas Substance Abuse Resource Guide to help you identify resources available in your county.

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Reviewed and revised July 2022

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