Surprising Alcohol Abuse Statistics You Should Know

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Alcohol abuse statistics chart the changing pattens or alcohol abuse and alcoholism in the United States.  Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are conditions faced by people throughout the country and do not discriminate based on age, gender or geographic region.

Alcohol Abuse Statistics from NIH and CDC

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH):
•Almost 40 percent of underage teenagers drink on a daily basis.
•More than 20 percent of teenagers began drinking before they were 13 years old.
•Underage drinking is responsible for more than $60 billion per year in lost wages and medical costs.
•More than 50 percent of adults drink on a daily basis.
•One-fourth of adults admit to regularly having more than five drinks per occasion.
•Almost one-fourth of pregnant women drink despite the risk of damage to their fetus.
•More than 2 percent of pregnant women engage in binge drinking.
•Alcohol is involved in two-thirds of reported domestic violence incidents.

These alcohol abuse statistics do not address the fatalities or serious injuries sustained from alcohol-related accidents and assaults.  While the numbers above may be shocking remember that alcoholics do not suffer alone.  Alcohol abuse and alcoholism affect more than just the individual, they affect family, friends and loved ones.   Many times, families and friends of those who suffer from alcoholism or alcohol abuse are unsure how to address the issue. Frequently, a fear of personal retribution, loss of the relationship or rationalization that the abuser is actually a good person will deter a friend or family member from intervening.  You should never avoid reaching out to help someone or seeking help for yourself if someone you love is suffering from alcoholism and alcohol abuse.

Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are diseases that need treatment, neither will resolve on its own. The longer treatment is delayed, the more damage is done to a person’s body.

What are the signs that a friend or family member may be contributing to these alcohol abuse statistics?

•The person drinks every day or frequently, often to excess.
•Drinking starts early in the day, especially on weekends.
•Life is centered on and planned around alcohol.
•The person has blackouts.
•Alcohol is stashed in numerous places and/or is hidden.
•DT’s, or delirium tremens, in the morning or when the person goes without alcohol.
•The person continues to use alcohol even in the face of negative consequences such as legal problems, loss of a job, or deteriorating personal relationships.

The above list is not all-inclusive and many alcoholics or alcohol abusers are very adept at hiding their illness. However, as with any illness, alcoholism or alcohol abuse should be treated without delay and preferably with a program that includes long-term or aftercare options. Alcohol abuse statistics show that recidivism is lower when patients continue their recovery on an outpatient basis. Treatment for alcoholism and alcohol abuse is effective at regaining control in life and achieving a healthier, more productive lifestyle.

Above all, friends and family members need to realize that even though their loved one may exhibit hurtful behavior, it is the alcohol talking and not the loved one. Usually, the loved one needs support to seeking help on his or her own and the ongoing support of family and friends is imperative if he or she is to be successfully treated.