COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
MIXED BEVERAGE ELECTION 2018
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and
whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise”(Proverbs 20:1)
WHY FIGHT AGAINST LIQUOR BY THE DRINK?
Ø An estimated 7.0 percent of American adults (18 or older) have an “Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)” (defined as dependent on or abusing alcohol). That equals 16.6 million adults.[i]
Ø According to the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at UNC, “the destructive and irresponsible use of alcohol and other drugs cost North Carolina more than $6.8 billion annually.”[ii]
Ø There are an estimated 697,000 teenagers with an AUD in the United States (as of 2013).[iii]
Ø One recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2011 found that 15.1 percent of teens met the criteria for lifetime abuse of alcohol.[iv]
ØMore kids try alcohol than try cigarettes, making it the most-used drug by American young people. Youth who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to become to become dependent on or abuse alcohol in their lifetime.[v]
ØWhen youth between the ages of 12 and 20 consume alcohol, they drink on average about five drinks per occasion about six times a month. This amount of alcohol puts an adolescent drinker in the binge range.
ØUnderage drinking is associated with academic failure, illicit drug use and a range of physical consequences. It can cause alterations in the structure and function of the developing brain, which continues to mature into the mid-to late twenties, and may have consequences reaching far beyond adolescence, such as a higher risk of becoming an alcoholic.[vi]
Ø1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.[vii] Alcohol kills 6.5 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
ØMore than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.[viii]
Ø The U.S. Department of Justice Report on Alcohol and Crime found that alcohol abuse was a factor in 40 percent of violent crimes committed in the U.S., and that 80 percent of offenders use either drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, 37 percent of almost 2 million convicted offenders, who are currently in jail, report that they were drinking at the time of their arrest.[ix]
Ø Alcohol-related causes are the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.[x]
Ø According to the CDC, almost 30 people a day die in motor vehicle crashes that involve a drunk driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes.[xi]
Ø In 2013, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 30.8 percent of overall driving fatalities.[xii]
ØIn 2013, North Carolina had 353 alcohol-related traffic fatalities (28% of all fatalities), and 7,719 alcohol related injuries (7.1 percent of all injuries).[xiii]
When faces are placed on these statistics and they are not viewed simply from an impersonal perspective, it becomes abundantly clear that it is both tragic and naïve to think making alcohol more accessible will not exacerbate such problems. Make no mistake about it, when citizens oppose Liquor-By-The-Drink coming to their community, they are waging war against further proliferation of America’s number one drug problem.
The preceding research was provided by:
Dr. Mark H. Creech
Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc.
[iii] Op. Cit., NIAAA, 2013