Iowa ranks in the top 10 among U.S. states for binge drinking, costing roughly $635 per person in Iowa. Understanding who is at risk for excessive alcohol use and where they reside can help Iowa’s Substance Use Bureau better target prevention resources to manage alcohol-related problems. This project identified and spatially mapped the characteristics of heavy daily alcohol users, forecasted alcohol sales by county, and analyzed the prevalence of people who have been involved in car crashes after using alcohol or drugs. Interactive data tools were generated to facilitate decision making by policymakers, public health officials, and extension specialists.
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Deepak George Thomas
Graduate Student, Computer Science, Iowa State University
Kok Kent Chong
Undergraduate Student, Finance & Supply Chain Management, Iowa State University
Kathleen M Thompson
Recent Undergraduate/Upcoming Graduate Student, Sociology & Political Science, Iowa State University
Undergraduate Student, Statistics & Data Science, Iowa State University
Christopher J Seeger
Professor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University
Shawn F. Dorius
Associate Professor of Sociology, Iowa State University
Iowa Department of Public Health Substance Use Bureau
Graduate Student, Sociology, Iowa State University