A new study is showing the dangers of drinking, and state health officials are hoping residents drink less in the new year.

The New York State Department of Health is hoping New York State residents drink less in the new year.

New York State Department of Health Encourages New Yorkers to Reduce Alcohol Consumption In 2024

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The New York State Department of Health recently released a new report about the dangers that binge and heavy drinking.

"Excessive and binge drinking is dangerous and harmful, reducing or eliminating alcohol can have immense positive health benefits," State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. "Drinking less can help improve sleep, help you achieve a healthy weight, and improve your mental and physical health now and later in life."

New York State Study On Dangers Of Drinking

Key findings of the report are:

  • 16.4% in New York demonstrated excessive alcohol use in the form of either binge or heavy drinking
  • 14.9% reported binge drinking
  • 5.5% reported heavy drinking
  • Men binge drink more than women
  • Men younger than 35 binge drink the most
  • Adults with annual household income of $75,000 or more binge drink the most.
    White, non-Hispanic adults reported higher rates of binge (16.6%) and heavy drinking (7.1%)
  • Binge and heavy drinking were significantly higher in adults who reported frequent mental distress (19.6% to 9%)
  • Binge drinking among adults who reported currently smoking (28.2%) was more than double non-smokers.
  • Heavy drinking was almost three times greater among people who smoked

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New York State Encourages You To Drink Less In 2024

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Following the report, the New York State Department of Health is encouraging New Yorkers to drink less, saying the New Year is the "perfect time to explore the immediate and long-term positive health benefits associated with drinking less alcohol."

"I hope in the New Year, more people choose to reduce their alcohol consumption and that those who struggle with their alcohol use take advantage of the many resources available to help," McDonald added.

Dangers Of Excessive Drinking

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The New York State Department states the following about the dangers of excessive drinking:

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Excessive drinking is also associated with both short-term and long-term health outcomes. Short-term outcomes include unintentional injuries and violence. Long-term health impacts include increased risk for hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, liver disease, and other digestive diseases. An estimated 3.2 percent of all cancer deaths in New York State are also attributable to alcohol consumption.

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New York State did report some "good news" in regards to heavy drinking. Heavy drinking decreased from 6.5 percent to 5.5 percent.

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