Alcoholism Statistics

Alcoholism statistics show that the drinking problem facing our society is steadily getting worse and worse. The statistics on alcoholism are mind blowing. Alcoholism is a serious problem in today's society. It is extremely important that the public, including the large groups of users and abusers of alcohol, gain as much knowledge as possible about the symptoms and effects of alcoholism if we ever want to see the reduction of statistics involving fatalities, injuries, diseases caused from the use and abuse of alcohol. Education and realization of the effects alcoholism can have on the different aspects of a person's life are the best ways that we can help lower the number of individuals who are addicted to alcohol. According to a survey of adults 18 and over, 25% call themselves lifetime abstainers, 14% were former drinkers and 60.8% consider themselves current drinkers, with 13% being infrequent drinkers and 47% being regular drinkers. Of the current drinkers, 70% consider themselves light drinkers in the past year, 23% consider themselves moderate drinkers, and 7% consider themselves heavier drinkers. When they were asked how many days in the past year they consumed more than five drinks, 68% said that there were no days, 32% said that there was at least one day with 14% admitting to twelve or more days with five or more drinks. Statistics show that the results are similar for geographic regions differing from one-fourth to one-third of drinkers that had at least one day of five or more drinks.   

Reports put out by the National Center for Health Statistics from 2005 say that 17.6% of adolescents between the ages of 12-17 used alcohol in the past month, 11.1% reported binge drinking (5 or more drinks at a time) and 2.6% reported heavy alcohol use. Taking a closer look at binge drinking by age group shows that 28.1% of seniors report binging in the last two weeks compared with 21% of tenth graders and 10.5% of eighth graders. Males are slightly higher in the older categories and close to even for eighth graders. White adolescents have a higher percentage of binge drinking than African Americans of those surveyed with the gap increasing as the age increases.

When high school drinkers were broken down by age group, 47% of seniors admitted to using alcohol in the past month. There were a higher percentage of males than females, 50.7% to 43.3% and there was a significant disparity between white (52.3%) seniors and African American seniors (29%) in this category. In tenth-graders, about a third of both male and female students used alcohol in the past month.  When one looks at these alcoholism statistics, they realize that we are facing a big problem in society that must be addressed.