Our Position

We encourage safe, legal and healthy use of alcohol as defined by1:

Zero drinks for those who…

– Are under the age of 21
– Are driving/cycling
– Have medical issues

One drink per hour is about what our bodies can process

Limiting drinking to two times per week results in less negative consequences for young adults aged 21 to 25

Sticking to three drinks on a special occasion can provide the benefits of drinking, with less likelihood of experiencing alcohol-related problems.

Young people under the age of 25 and other vulnerable populations are particularly susceptible to the effects of high risk drinking.2,3

Our Solutions

Our high level goal is to reduce underage and binge drinking for people up to age 25

Example Projects:

Public Awareness campaign promoting the following messages:

  • Defining binge drinking, most don’t binge
  • Don’t furnish to minors
  • Low risk drinking guide

Assessment of alcohol use on the Deschutes River in Bend

  • Assess risky and illegal alcohol use by recreationists on the Deschutes River in Bend
  • Create education and recommendations for the Bend Parks and Recreation District

Supporting Data

Cause for Hope:

  • 70% of Oregon youth 18 to 25 do NOT binge drink4
  • 89% of females and 74% of males in Deschutes County aged 18 and over do NOT binge drink5

Cause for Concern:

  • 42% of Deschutes County 11th graders report having at least one drink of alcohol in the past 30 days, as compared with almost 30% statewide6
  • 12.5%  of Oregon 18 to 25 year olds meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder, while only 6.4% of Oregonians aged 26 or older meet the criteria7
  • Oregon has experienced a 32% increase in the overall rate of alcohol-related deaths between 2001 and 2014.8

1U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition, Washington, DC; 2015.

2Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD; 2016.

3Miller JW, Naimi TS, Brewer RD, Jones SE. Binge drinking and associated health risk behaviors among high school students. Pediatrics 2007; 119:76–85.

42012 Survey of Oregon Young Adults. Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center.

5Oregon Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. 2010-2013

6Oregon Student Wellness Survey, Deschutes County. 2016

7National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Oregon. 2014-15.

8Oregon Death Certificate Data, 2001-2013 (includes chronic diseases, acute poisoning, injury and perinatal causes).

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