While most people know that drinking too much alcohol can lead to injuries and deaths in car crashes, many people do not know that drinking too much alcohol also can increase the chances of  cancer, suicide, unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and other negative health outcomes. CDC provides for the common defense of the country and, as such, has a significant role in fighting excessive alcohol use through the use of our science, tracking, and service to the countless Americans and their families affected by drinking too much.

Because excessive drinkers who use opioid pain relievers are at greater risk of overdose and death, CDC created this fact sheet to introduce health departments and health care providers to alcohol screening and brief intervention and to discuss its usefulness for helping excessive drinkers drink less when they have been prescribed an opioid pain reliever or stop drinking altogether while using these medications.

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