Alcohol misuse has increased among Iowans, report shows
In 2019, 598 deaths in Iowa involved alcohol; preliminary 2020 data indicates at least 760 alcohol-involved deaths. Those figures come from a December 2021 reportfrom the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse. The report also makes some policy recommendations to address the number of alcohol-involved deaths at both the community and state levels.
On this encore episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by guests to discuss the findings in this report, as well as the potential impact of the report's policy recommendations on Iowans and Iowa businesses.
This episodewas originally produced in June 2022.
- Rachel Barnhart, recovered from alcohol misuse and ICF Certified Recovery & Wellness Coach
- Paul Gilbert, associate professor of community and behavioral health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health
- Stacie Schroeder, coalition director of the North Fayette Valley Community Coalition Inc
- Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association