Lincoln, Neb. – According to a recent survey conducted by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS), alcohol is the most commonly used substance in the state. In fact, Nebraska’s rates of underage drinking, binge drinking and alcohol-impaired driving continue to be higher than the rest of the nation. While alcohol misuse is a cause for concern among people of all ages, it’s particularly concerning for young adults who tend to be the most likely age group to misuse alcohol and suffer the consequences. The Nebraska Young Adult Alcohol Opinion Survey randomly sampled 19-25 year olds in the state. The results found that:
“This report reinforces that alcohol misuse continues to be a widespread public health problem in Nebraska,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state’s Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “A comprehensive prevention approach along with a diverse set of partners is key to help change behavior.”
Many communities across Nebraska are addressing binge drinking among young adults through the Nebraska Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. Communities use these funds for responsible beverage server training, random sobriety check points, compliance checks, media campaigns, and alcohol-free entertainment options.