- Alcohol Priority Action Team: The State Council On Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Prevention Committee
- Intoxicated Driver Program
- Alliance for Wisconsin Youth
Share your story with the Healthy Wisconsin Alcohol Action Team or ask a question.
Wisconsin’s identity includes tailgating, community festivals and county fairs. These treasured traditions bring our friends and families together, and drinking alcohol is and has been a big part of Wisconsin culture. Unfortunately, our alcohol use in Wisconsin has been steadily increasing. Many adults in Wisconsin are binge drinking (drinking more than five drinks in one sitting for men and more than four for women) more than they were ten years ago, and our state continues to rank among the worst in the nation for heavy drinking (drinking more than two drinks a day for men and more than one a day for women).
We know binge drinking takes a toll on our communities, costing Wisconsin billions of dollars in rising health care costs and time off from work. It also harms our youth. Underage drinking isn’t just illegal; drinking alcohol early in life can make young people more likely to misuse prescription drugs and opioids, starting a dangerous cycle of illness and addiction.
Reduce adult binge drinking among adults aged 18 and older from 25% in 2012 to 23% in 2020.
Reduce alcohol-related deaths by fall by 5% from 60 in 2014 to 57 in 2020.
Reduce alcohol-related deaths by motor vehicle by 5% from 168 in 2014 to 160 in 2020.
Reduce binge drinking among youth from 18% in 2013 to 16% in 2020
Reduce binge drinking among women aged 18–44 from 18% in 2009-2011 to 16% in 2020.
Reduce alcohol use among high school students from 33% in 2013 to 29% by 2020.
Reduce heavy drinking among women aged 18–44 from 8% in 2016 to 3% by 2020.
Reduce heavy drinking among adults aged 65 and older from 6% in 2016 to 5% by 2020.
Reduce heavy drinking by men from 10% in 2016 to 5% by 2020.
We can work to prevent and reduce underage drinking, excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-related deaths in Wisconsin.
What’s Being Done
For more information on the Healthy Wisconsin Action Team’s strategies for reducing heavy drinking and alcohol-related deaths by 2020, download the Alcohol report.
ACEs and Alcohol
Our health isn’t determined by genetics alone. Our choices and experiences—especially the experiences we have in childhood—can have a powerful impact on our long-term health. Abuse, neglect and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are linked to poorer health and risky behaviors such as substance abuse, and the more ACEs a person has, the higher that risk becomes.
In Wisconsin, a little more than half of all adults have at least one ACE. But among our state’s heavy and binge drinkers, the likelihood of having one ACE rises to more than three in five adults. Adults with one or more ACE are more likely to have been binge drinking in the past 30 days than adults with no ACEs.
Alcohol may also contribute to a multigenerational cycle of ACEs and their associated health risks within families and communities, as the children of substance abusers are exposed to heavy or binge drinking in the home.