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NACDD Releases Alcohol Issue Brief as First in Series

Thursday, July 30, 2020  



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ATLANTA (July 30, 2020) –  The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) today released an issue brief for policymakers on the impact excessive alcohol use has on chronic disease as well as the role Chronic Disease Directors can play in addressing excessive alcohol use in their communities.  

The issue brief is the first in a series of issue briefs on chronic disease and health promotion that will be distributed through the rest of the year. The issue briefs are developed by NACDD’s Board of Directors to support Chronic Disease Directors in conversations with policymakers.

“The Alcohol Issue Brief was selected for distribution first because we are aware of growing concerns about excessive alcohol use during the pandemic, its connection to increased risks for chronic disease, and the potential for alcohol use to reduce immune response,” said Dr. Susan Kansagra, NACDD Board President-Elect.  

“We know our Members in state and territorial Chronic Disease Units have limited time to develop materials to support educating policymakers, and our issue briefs and other advocacy tools are intended to help make this process easier and more transparent,” said John W. Robitscher, MPH, CEO of NACDD.  

The issue brief includes information on specific chronic diseases that are most impacted by excessive alcohol use (such as cancer and diabetes) as well as key points on how marginalized communities especially experience less access to alcohol intervention screenings and services.

Additional issue briefs planned for later this year will cover obesity and building healthy military communities. Updates will be shared on NACDD’s website,


The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and its more than 7,000 Members seek to strengthen state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states and nationally. Established in 1988, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACDD is the only membership association of its kind to serve and represent every chronic disease division in all states and U.S. territories. For more information, visit

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