ALCOHOL ABUSE IN NORTH DAKOTA
42% of all fatal crashes in 2016 were alcohol-related and resulted in 49 fatalities. 1
18% of North Dakota’s 9th through 12th graders reported they drank more than 5 drinks in a row in a couple of hours at least once in the previous 30 days. 2
From 2010 to 2014, there was a 10.5% increase in
DUI arrests in North Dakota, including a 34% increase in juvenile arrests. 3
As many as 50% of servers in alcohol establishments have served alcohol to underage youth in compliance checks conducted by local law enforcement agencies. 4
In 2011, 111 youth 12-20 years old were admitted for alcohol treatment in North Dakota, accounting for 8% of all treatment admissions for alcohol abuse in the state. 5
Understand the volume of alcohol in each drink: 6
Binge drinking for men is defined as having 5 or more drinks on a single occasion. For women, it is 4 or more drinks.
Individual reactions to alcohol vary, and are influenced by many factors, including age, weight, fitness level, race, gender, amount of food consumed before drinking, and how quickly the alcohol was consumed.
Taking a shower, drinking coffee or eating will not help you sober up. The only thing your body needs is time – depending on your weight, it takes about three hours to eliminate every two drinks you’ve had.
1 North Dakota Department of Transportation, 2015 Crash Summary
2 North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2015
3 North Dakota Office of Attorney General, 2014
4 North Dakota’s regional Safe Communities programs, 2005-2008
5 Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Treatment Episode Data Set. (2013). Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance of Abuse, According to Sex, Age, Race, and Ethnicity, 2011. Available [Online]: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/SAMHDA/studies/30462
6 ND Department of Human Services, Department of Substance Abuse Prevention, Alcohol Speaks Volumes Campaign, 2015