San Francisco Burden of Disease & Injury Study:
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In moderation, drinking can be a healthful activity [Harvard School of Public Health], but it can also be a source of considerable harm. The "dose" of alcohol (grams per drink) in various alcohol beverages is described here. Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States, after tobacco and diet/inactivity [PubMed].

The reduction of alcohol-related harm in San Francisco is an important objective for the realizaton of the Department of Public Health's Strategic Prevention Plan, which looks at the social determinants of health. As the sociologist Troy Duster once observed, "alcohol is to society as dye or stain is to microscopy."

The burden of disease and injury that can be attributed to alcohol use in San Francisco was estimated in a 2010 study.



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