Excessive Alcohol Use

Excessive Alcohol Use

If you or someone you know has been poisoned by excessive alcohol use,

call 9-1-1 or the Utah Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately!

Calling is free and confidential.

How Can I Contribute to the Prevention of Excessive Alcohol Use?(1)

Everyone can contribute to the prevention of excessive alcohol use.
You can:

  • Choose not to drink too much yourself and help others not do it.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, follow the U.S. Dietary Guidelines on moderate alcohol consumption (no more than one drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men).
  • Support effective community strategies to prevent excessive alcohol use, such as those recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force.
  • Not serve or provide alcohol to those who should not be drinking, including children or teens and those who have already drank too much.
  • Talk with your health care provider about your drinking behavior and request counseling if you drink too much.

States and communities can:

  • Implement effective prevention strategies for excessive alcohol use, such as those recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force.
  • Enforce existing laws and regulations about alcohol sales and service.
  • Develop community coalitions that build partnerships between schools, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, health care, and public health agencies to reduce excessive alcohol use.
  • Routinely monitor and report the prevalence, frequency, and intensity of binge drinking (whether or not adults binge drink, how often they do so, and how many drinks they have if they do).

Underage Drinking Prevention

Parents Empowered is a media and education campaign funded by the Utah Legislature and designed to prevent and reduce underage drinking in Utah by providing parents and guardians with information about the harmful effects of alcohol on the developing teen brain, along with proven skills for preventing underage alcohol use.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alcohol and Public Health