Research & Resources

Calculating alcohol use and its harms in a local community

Understanding the amount of alcohol use and its consequences in a local community is important to inform effective prevention work; but alcohol use and its consequences can be challenging to measure. In this paper, researchers describe a method to estimate the death, disability, and costs to the community from alcohol use at a certain time and place. The authors explain how to combine data sources, including medical records, police reports, and others to calculate this information. The paper, “The Health Impact of Alcohol on American Cities: Modeling the Local Burden of Current Alcohol Use in One Jurisdiction,” was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It was published in the Journal of Urban Health.