Data released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) features three significant points: fewer Wisconsin youth report drinking alcohol, adult binge drinking is higher than the national rate and deaths attributed to alcohol are increasing.
DHS notes the following:
• Fewer youth have ever used alcohol, down from 71 percent in 2011 to 65 percent in 2017.
• Youth-reported alcohol use in the past month is down, with 33 percent of female youth and 28 percent of male youth reported they drank alcohol in the past month.
• Two out of three Wisconsin adults reported using alcohol in the past month, which is higher than the national rate.
• Almost one in four Wisconsin residents reported binge drinking in the past month, which is higher than the national rate.
• The number of estimated alcohol-related deaths increased by 22 percent, from 2,015 deaths in 2014 to 2,461 deaths in 2018.
Those who need assistance with alcohol or other drug abuse can call the Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline at (833) 944- 4673.