Illegal drug use claimed the lives of hundreds of Minnesotans in 2017, a devastating toll that dominated headlines. Yet another 1,700 Minnesotans died that year – and die every year – from alcohol-related causes, with little public attention.

During National Alcohol Awareness Month in April, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) encourages everyone to learn about the dangers of excessive drinking – and the help that is available for those who need it.