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Alcohol Abuse Statistics

The statistics for alcohol abuse are staggering. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64% of Americans drink alcohol, and of those individuals, 50% are regular drinkers. In addition, The Summary of Health Statistics for U.S. Adults reported that on a National Health Interview in 2009.

Reports indicate that 23% of drinkers report having 5 or more per day. And, the number of alcohol-induced deaths with accidents and homicides excluded, amounted to 23,199 in just a single year.

Negative Consequences of Alcohol

Alcohol is a major component in deaths, not only from body deterioration and accidents caused from drinking. In fact, a little more than half of alcoholic deaths are caused by liver disease. In addition, a very good amount of automobile accidents are caused by drunk/impaired drivers, due to consumption of alcohol.

Statistics show fatalities caused by drunk driving have fallen every decade since the 1970’s. However, alcohol is still the cause for one-third of all automobile accidents. Still, approximately 800,000 Americans a year drive while impaired by alcohol. The problem with alcohol it’s an addictive depressant. Physical dependence occurs, and when alcoholics discontinue their consumption they experience physical cravings for alcohol. Symptoms can include: the shakes, sweating, and nausea.  The more alcohol a person consumes, the more tolerance they develop for alcohol. Chronic drinkers may drink all throughout the day, and tend to drive while impaired.

Treatment Statistics

There are many addictive drugs in world that users seek treatment for, but alcohol abuse sets the bar. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 40% of all registrations to addiction rehabs are for alcohol abuse.

The World Health Organization estimates there are 76 million people in the world that have alcohol-related disorders. The amount of money that alcohol abuse costs the United States ($220 billion) surpasses that of cancer- $196 billion. Another point to consider is that alcohol can cause cancer. A statistic shown in Western Europe done by Reuters (a global news agency in Europe) reported 13% of the cancers in that area were caused by alcohol. The police force fight drug and alcohol abuse every day. Half of all police force work is actually addressing the issue of alcohol. Fortunately, the influence of drug rehabilitation has actually shown an 80% decrease in criminal activity by chronic users.

Society shows that the more problems a person is having, the more they turn to alcohol. The younger children are when they see beer commercials, the more influenced they become, encouraging them to drink as they get older. Surveys have been made and administrated to kids as young as 11 and 12 years old. The more children who had experienced and knew about the most popular beer ads, actually had more intention of drinking when they became older. It is at this peak age children build their awareness over alcohol, and as they become teenagers their use increases tremendously from 2.4% of 12-year-olds drinking, when 56% of 20-year-olds will be drinking.

As mentioned earlier, the more problems a person tends to have, increases that individuals chances of becoming susceptible to alcohol. In fact, students in high school that play sports are less likely to do drugs that include smoking various kinds of substance, but will be more likely to drink than a student that does not play high school sports. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have found that students between the ages of 16 and 25 are twice as likely to drink and drive then someone 26 years or older. The awareness these high school students have is low due to lack of lecture in public school.

Alcohol Damage Statistics

Alcoholism can be a serious threat to the human body. Damages to the liver, brain and other organisms can lead to permanent damage. Pregnant mothers that drink alcohol can actually cause their children to have birth defects. Intoxication can affect the normal functions of the body, along with its motor skills. Alcohol addictions are alcoholism, and once a person reaches that point in their consumption of alcohol, patterns occur in a person’s ability to work. Problems with interpersonal relationships often lead to counseling. Failure to cope with that shows a high mount of suicides from alcoholics.

Dr. Sean Esteban McCabe and his colleagues at the National Institute on Drug Abuse report men and woman experiencing alcoholism are 18 times more likely to use nonmedical prescription drugs then non-drinkers. Alcohol and the use of prescription drugs can have devastating as well as fatal results. Dr. McCabe states “Passing out is a protective mechanism that stops blood alcohol concentrations, but if you take stimulants when you drink, you can potentially override this mechanism and this could lead to life-threatening consequences.” Many different medications are around that cause harmful affects to an individual, even without alcohol. When alcohol is added, those affects are multiplied.  Prescription drugs that are commonly used can consist of opiates including vicodin, oxycontin, codeine, and percocet. Many college students take anxiety medications that include: ativan, xanax, and valium.

The above alcohol abuse statistics indicate how much of a problem alcohol abuse is in the United States. For more information on alcohol call Narconon at 800-468-6933.

References:

http://www.myaddiction.com/education/articles/alcohol_statistics.html

http://www.michaelshouse.com/alcohol-rehab/current-alcohol-rehab-statistics/

http://www.about-alcohol-abuse.com/Alcohol_Abuse_Statistics.html

http://www.alcohol-information.com/Alcohol_Statistics.html

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/alcohol.htm

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/alcoholism.html

http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/

http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/AboutNIAAA/NIAAASponsoredPrograms/underage.htm

http://alcoholism.about.com/b/2010/10/21/latest-substance-abuse-stats-show-troubling-trends.htm

http://www.drugabuse.gov/NIDA_notes/NNvol21N5/alcohol.html

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