Alcohol is a legal beverage in the United States, but poses a risk to those who use alcohol regularly or excessively. Alcohol statistics help drive an understanding of the dangers of alcohol and lead to a reduction in abuse or deaths.
Studies on the effects of alcohol are released yearly by the National Institutes on Health. They are released in conjunction yearly initiatives from the CDC to help combat alcoholism. Despite this, alcohol use and sales are on the rise. As these numbers grow, the need for treatment also grows in a direct relationship.
National Use Statistics
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “85.6% of adults aged 18 and up have drunk alcohol in their life”. They also reported that more than ¼ of all people older than 18 binge drank in the past month during the survey.
These statistics show just how prevalent alcohol use and even binge drinking is. Another survey done by the National Institutes of Health found that more than 14 million Americans had an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Even more eye opening is the statistics on child drug use. Nearly half a million children in the age group 7 to 12 had an AUD.
Children aged 12 and older had even more concerning statistics, with an even lower likelihood of receiving treatment than their adult counterparts. These statistics paint a clear picture that alcohol use and abuse is plaguing our nation.
Alcohol use disorders frequently become alcoholism or an alcohol addiction and lead to negative consequences and adverse health conditions.
National Death Statistics
Worldwide, alcohol is involved in more than 5% of all deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Nationally, alcohol is responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths each year. According to the NIAAA, alcohol is the “third leading preventable cause of death in the United States”.
Alcohol is responsible for more deaths each year than opioid overdoses, yet it’s legality makes everyone turn a blind eye. This also helps the public try to negate its consequences. With such a high number of alcohol related deaths each year, it is a wonder how alcohol is not being regulated in the same manner as other drugs. Alcohol also leads to overdose and alcohol poisoning.
Our national death statistics are one of the most eye opening. Knowing that the third largest preventable cause of death can be treated with a simple treatment program and plan of recovery is helpful. Unfortunately, not even a quarter of people struggling with alcoholism receive treatment.
Alcohol Overdose Statistics
An alcohol overdose is when an excessive amount of alcohol is consumed, enough that it causes the body to be unable to function. Alcohol poisoning is an interchangeable term for alcohol overdose that sounds less frightening, so it is commonly used by supporters of alcohol use.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 6 people per day die of an alcohol overdose. Additionally, the demographics that suffer from alcohol overdose the most frequently are men.
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Public Perception of Alcohol
Public perception of alcohol is what continues to drive alcohol use and abuse. Alcohol is frequently viewed as a stress reliever, a social lubricant, and harmless. However, this could not be further from reality. Alcohol is extremely addictive, dangerous, and responsible for countless deaths each year.
More recently, DUI laws have finally become more strict, hoping to prevent DUI related deaths and injury. While it may have made a small impact on public health, this number has not been studied in depth recently.
This has not changed public perception however, since alcohol sales have risen year over year since 2010 according to Statista. Hopefully, more people will recognize the dangers of alcohol use and help prevent deaths.
Financial Burdens of Alcohol
Alcohol has an excessive financial burden on the United States as well. From costs of emergency service related calls to healthcare costs, alcohol misuse cost the United States nearly 250 billion dollars according to the NIAAA.
Individually, alcohol costs each individual differently. It wreaks havoc on the body incurring healthcare costs, and causes countless legal issues nationwide.
Alcohol Treatment Statistics
There is clearly a nationwide problem with alcohol, with millions of people suffering from alcohol use disorders. There is also a reciprocal need for treatment programs. Unfortunately, less than one tenth of people with an alcohol use disorder actually receive treatment. Treatment is the best option for treating alcoholism.
It can be difficult to get someone struggling with alcohol use to admit they have a problem. It can be even more difficult to get them to agree to get help. Seeking treatment is the best option to overcome alcoholism.
Alcohol consumption frequently leads to excessive alcohol use and alcohol dependence. Dependence frequently becomes an addiction. Once an alcohol addiction has been formed, it is nearly impossible to stop without professional intervention and treatment.
Without alcohol treatment, alcoholics are bound to continue use, causing health issues, increased risk of drunk driving or injury, and even death. However, there is a way to overcome alcoholism. Through a treatment program and lifestyle of recovery.
Our Treatment Programs
If you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism, we want to help. We understand it can be extremely tough to confront someone in denial, or find a program that has the experience to treat severe alcoholism. Thankfully, we offer a comprehensive alcohol addiction treatment program.
Our programs have multiple levels of care. This means we offer intensive inpatient care for extremely severe cases, as well as outpatient care for more mild cases. We also offer all levels of care in a step down program. These are recommended and the most effective in helping individuals achieve long term recovery.
To read more about our programs, or view our facility, click here. If you have any questions or would like help getting into a program, our experienced admissions counselors are available 24/7. Our substance abuse and mental health services are second to none. We can be reached at (800) 817-1247.
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