The Prevention Resource Center for the central Texas region now has a new website! As this website continues to develop it will be updated with recent data, statistics, and substance abuse information. In light of the holiday season here are some holiday related statistics:
While many are enjoying time with their families, this is also a time of risk. Over 11,000 young people consume alcohol for the first time on an average December day1. Although this may seem harmless in a family setting, early alcohol use is strongly associated with abuse later in life. Additionally, during the holiday season, Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, 2 to 3 times more people will get into alcohol related accidents compared to the rest of the year. High-risk drunk drivers’ violations jump during Thanksgiving by an average of 31%, 48% during Christmas, and 106% during New Year’s Eve compared to the rest of the year2.
According to the most recent figures for the central Texas region: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Grimes, Hamilton, Hays, Hill, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, ,Llano, McLennan, Madison, Milam, Mills, Robertson, San Saba, Travis, Washington, and Williamson; in an average year around 3,560 people die due to alcohol or drug use, which is over nine people every day or one every three hours3. Following national trends, many of these will occur over the holiday season.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (July 2, 2012). The NSDUH Report: Monthly Variation in Substance Use Initiation among Adolescents. Rockville, MD.
- SCRAM Systems (2016). Drinking and DUIs During the Holidays. https://www.scramsystems.com/holiday-drinking-and-duis-resources-from-scram/
- Department of State Health Services Center for Health Statistics and analyzed by the Office of Decision Support, MHSA, DSHS (2013)