Public Health



What's A Standard Drink Size?

It's not so simple. Click here for more info.

What's Binge Drinking?

Here's how the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines it: Drinking that brings blood alcohol levels to .08g/dl. That typically occurs after four drinks in two hours for women and five in two hours for men.

The caveat, of course, is that not all drinks are created equal. Some can be the equivalent of three and even four drinks.

The Consequences of Binge Drinking

Heavy Drinking can lead to some heavy stuff-like relationship problems, losing your license, or even injury and death.




*North Dakota's smoke free law prohibits smoking in most indoor public places, including common areas of apartment buildings, such as hallways, laundry rooms, recreation/common rooms, lobbies, and similar types of areas as well as 20 feet from public entrances. This law, however, does not apply to individual units in multiunit housing. The policies in those units are decided by the building owner. 

What can you do?

The good news is that many landlords are choosing to offer smoke-free housing. Talk to your landlord or your localhousing authority about making your building smoke-free. A smoke-free building is healthier for residents and it’s also easier to keep clean and less expensive to maintain. Here are some tips for having that conversation:

1. Start the conversation by sharing the Benefits of Going Smoke-free canfacts about secondhand smoke and explain how secondhand smoke is affecting you.

2. Write a letter to your landlord requesting a no-smoking rule and include any specific issues you're experiencing with secondhand smoke.

3. Talk to your neighbors about secondhand smoke and build support. Chances are they also prefer smoke-free housing. Consider asking them to talk to the landlord as well.

4. If you have a disability that you think is related to secondhand smoke, such as asthma or smoke allergies, you may ask your landlord for "reasonable accommodations" to allow you to use your housing just like everybody else.

Reasonable accommodations might include making your building smoke-free, being moved to a non-smoking building with separate ventilation or sealing off your apartment.
Read about the Fair Housing Act for more information.

You can also help promote smoke-free housing by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

Locate Smoke-Free Housing
You can find a smoke-free property through the ND Apartment Association. To look for a smoke-free apartment, make sure to check the "Smoke-Free" box under amenities.

Help is Available
To help guide you through this process or if you have questions or concerns regarding smoke-free housing, contact your Local Public Health Unit.