Alcohol Awareness

Since alcohol-related incidents are the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States, the importance of alcohol awareness cannot be overstated and proof of that fact lies in the United States federal government agency called the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

The NIAAA is devoted entirely to tracking alcohol-related statistics of all kinds, including alcohol-related deaths, fetal alcohol exposure, underage drinking and the prevalence of alcohol consumption, binge and heavy drinking in adults and young people. The agency’s research also tracks the national and global economic impact of alcohol consumption, as well as family consequences, which can be devastating especially to children, more than 10% of whom in the United States live with one or more parents with alcohol addiction problems.

The research of the NIAAA includes important information about Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and the impact it has on families of those afflicted, as well as how it affects the human body, alcohol consumption during pregnancy, underage drinking, alcohol consumption by college students and the importance of consuming alcohol in moderation.

NIAAA’s research shows that 31% of all driving fatalities in the United States involve alcohol-impaired driving and research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows equally disturbing statistics about Nevada indicating 53% of drivers who died in automobile crashes in the state were under the influence of alcohol, 57% of motorcycle, scooter, ATV and moped drivers who died were under the influence and 43% of the pedestrians killed every year in Nevada are impaired as well as 3 out of 4 bicyclists! Sadly, that research also concluded that every person between the ages of 21 and 24 who died in crashes in Clark County was under the influence.

Nevada experiences a high number of alcohol related problems because of the prevalence of multiple legalized casinos that freely serve alcohol to anyone willing to give their money to the casino and call it “gambling.” The high numbers of people addicted to gambling, as well as large numbers of Native Americans in the state also increases alcohol-related risks since they are groups of individuals known to experience depression, anxiety and alcohol addiction. There is also a genetic link to alcoholism which is present in the children of alcoholics who are highly vulnerable to addiction.

The State of Nevada has a large number of people who consume alcohol and many residents work in establishments that sell or serve alcohol, all of whom are required to complete an educational training course about alcohol awareness.

Registration and payment for the course can be completed online, after which time an alcohol awareness card known as a TAM (Techniques of Alcohol Management) will be issued for $25 and will be valid for a period of four years after being personally picked up by the applicant at one of the official testing centers. Replacement cards can be picked up at the place that originally issued a TAM card® without retesting for a fee of $10 and renewal every four years requires taking the alcohol awareness course again, retesting and payment of another $25 fee.

Detailed information about TAM cards in the State of Nevada can be obtained by
emailing or by calling 702-684-5501.