Excessive alcohol use remains leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States and are associated with negative health consequences.1 Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), a range of lifelong conditions that include physical and behavioral problems, as well as intellectual disabilities.
Excessive alcohol use includes:
Alcohol use often co-occurs with the usage of other substances, such as tobacco, marijuana, and illicit drugs. Therefore, it is crucial to conduct screenings for these additional substances in conjunction with alcohol. You can address alcohol and other substance use behavior using Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) technique.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Excessive alcohol use. Reviewed July 11, 2022. Accessed June 6, 2023. https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/factsheets/alcohol.htm
These resources can help you develop strategies for prevention, screening, treatment and counseling.