Dangers of Alcohol

GRAHAM COUNTY — Among the different substances that can be abused is one that’s not injected or smoked.

“With the heroin problem in the Valley,” said Pima Police Chief Diane Cauthen, “sometimes we forget about alcohol.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol abuse causes nearly 88,000 deaths a year.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported that underage drinking resulted in the deaths of approximately 4,700 young people in 2014. And liquor has other effects on youth. According to MADD, those who start drinking before 15 are four times likelier to become alcoholics or addicts.

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