Much like the rest of the United States, Bergenfield, NJ, struggles with substance abuse.
In 2016, there were 1,314 alcohol-related hospitalizations in Bergen County, New Jersey. This number represents 37% of all substance-related hospitalizations in Bergenfield and the surrounding Bergen County. An estimated 28% of those hospitalized for substance abuse issues in Bergen County had a history of DWI or DUIs.1
Driving while under the influence is a severe consequence of excessive alcohol use. In New Jersey, alcohol plays a contributing role in approximately 146 accident fatalities per year (averaged over 5 years). In these cases, the motorcycle or automobile operator had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.2, p. 18
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 88,000 deaths per year are related to use of excessive amounts of alcohol. The agency also estimates that excessive drinking is responsible for 1 out of every 10 deaths among working people aged 20-64 years old.3
A person doesn’t need to be dependent on alcohol or have an alcohol use disorder to drink excessively.3, p. 1 Excessive drinking includes heavy drinking, drinking by anyone younger than 21, binge drinking, and drinking by pregnant women.
Binge drinking refers to drinking 5 or more drinks during one occasion for men or drinking 4 or more drinks at a time for women. It can also refer to drinking more than 15 drinks a week for men and more than 8 drinks per week for women. A drink is considered to be 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of liquor or distilled spirits. Excessive alcohol use can cause the following consequences:3
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Learning and memory problems
- Mental health problems, including anxiety and depression
- Miscarriages and stillbirths among women who are pregnant
- Sexually transmitted diseases, like hepatitis and HIV, that result from risky sexual behaviors associated with heavy alcohol use
Don’t wait until the consequences of excessive drinking get worse. Use our directory to get help for excessive alcohol use today.
- Department of Human Services: Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Office of Planning, Research, Evaluation and Prevention. (2017). New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Substance Abuse Overview 2016 Bergen County.
- State of New Jersey. (2016). Highway Safety Plan: Federal Fiscal Year 2016.
- Centers For Disease Control And Prevention. (2018). Fact Sheets – Alcohol Use and Your Health.
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