The following websites are reliable data sources to help you find alcohol-related statistics for the U.S. and your state:
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a database that tracks motor vehicle fatalities by state called the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, or FARS.
FARS tracks the time, location, and circumstances of traffic fatalities, and if alcohol-impaired driving was a factor in the crash. For access to an alcohol-related crash report, click here.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics (SAMHSA), a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, tracks alcohol use, binge drinking, and alcohol dependence at the national and state level. SAMHSA houses a wealth of reliable reports and statistics.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer the following excellent resources:
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS) is a bi-annual, national, school-based survey. It monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults, including alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. The site houses a number of searchable databases and reports.
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an interactive database that houses information from the world’s largest, ongoing telephone health survey system. BRFSS has tracked health conditions and risk behaviors, including alcohol use, in the United States annually since 1984.
The Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) software allows states to estimate alcohol-attributable deaths, years of potential life lost, direct health-care costs, indirect costs, and non-health-sector costs associated with alcohol use.
The Brewer's Almanac. For more than 60 years, beer industry data has been collected and maintained by the Beer Institute and predecessor organizations such as the U.S. Brewer's Association and Brewer's Foundation. The Almanac has a wide range of statistical information on alcohol, including production, tax collections, consumption (total, state-by-state, and per capita), agricultural statistics, imports, exports, financial statistics, employment, excise tax rates and methods of collection, and draught/package trends.
- Follow The Money is a database that tracks campaign donations on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states, run by the National Insitute on Money in State Politics. Here you can search by alcohol company or trade association.
- Maplight.org tracks connections between campaign donations and legislative votes in the U.S. Congress. Maplight has also just launched a newly updated California page that provides information on campaign contributions to state legislators.
Additional Recommended Links
Alcohol Justice Links
Alcohol Justice has published an interactive colored-coded map that provides state by state data on beer taxes and illustrates the gross negligence of state policymakers. Click here to see how your state fared in our analysis. We've also compiled a list of states that currently charge for harm.
Please also visit Alcohol Justice's Resources page to view all of our own published resources and reports related to alcohol issues on the state level.