Because alcohol has become so common in most modern day societies, many people forget that alcohol is, in fact, a drug. The idea that most people have of ‘just having a drink’ seems to cover up the fact that alcohol is an addictive substance that is classified as a drug. That is why every once in a while it is good to sober up society with a few facts about the health implications and statistics of alcohol use around the world.
Since the mid-1980’s, there has been a whole month dedicated to this cause. Every year, the month of April is dedicated as the month of alcohol awareness and during this month, information and statistics are released in the spirit of educating people about alcohol. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the idea behind this special dedicated month is to assist in reducing certain stigmas that often come attached with to those that suffer from alcoholism. In this way, the month long program could help those suffering and promote recovery from alcoholism.
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If you or someone that you know suffers from alcohol abuse, reading these 15 mind-blowing statistics could help you or your loved ones in educating ourselves about the dangers of alcohol, and, hopefully, inspire.
Let us kick off the first statistic with a strong one. According to the CDC, the average number of deaths that occur each year as a result of too much alcohol is approximately 88,000.
Have you ever wondered why drinking and driving is such a serious offense? Well, the CDC recently released a report stating that on a daily basis, 30 people die in a motor vehicle crash caused by alcohol impaired driving. That is 210 people per week, in the United States alone. If you do the math, it adds up to one person dying as a result of alcohol-impaired driving every 51 minutes. Next time you think you are ‘fine to drive’, do yourself and the rest of society a favor and call a cab instead.
Having a hangover the day after some drinks isn’t the only health concern to worry about. According to the NCADD, indulging in alcohol can cause some serious long term health issues. These health complications can result in every organ within your body, and that includes one of the most important organs of all- your brain. Furthermore, alcohol can negatively impact your emotional health and stability as well which can result in problems in your work and family life.
The CDC recently released some interesting statistics concerning women; studies showed that men and women who went on drinking sprees had a higher chance of engaging in unprotected sex. This can result in sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies as well.
The NCAAD states that every year, 100,000 people die due to causes linked to alcohol use. This includes suicides, accidents, crashes, falls, homicides, and even fires.
According to the CDC, statistics of domestic abuse and aggression cases show that alcohol is a major cause of aggression.
In 2015, Drug Free World Released a statement revealing just how many American citizens are treated for alcohol abuse: 2.5 million Americans, in that year alone, were treated for alcohol abuse. To put this into perspective, 3.9 million Americans were treated for some type of substance abuse problem in 2015. That means that more than half of people who received treatment for some kind of substance abuse received that treatment for alcohol abuse.
Ever wonder how many people become dependent on alcohol? Chances are, there is at least one person in your family or circle of acquaintances that is known to be a bit ‘heavy on the bottle.’ And while most people consider this to be a lighthearted thing, the truth is that there are more people around you who are dependent on alcohol than you realize. The NIAAA stated that 17 percent of men and 8% of woman develop a dependence on alcohol.
The CDC’s statistics place alcohol as the third highest cause of death in the United States of America.
Navigating young adulthood is tricky enough as it is, and after you introduce alcohol into the mix it can become even more difficult. The NIAAA states that approximately 696,000 students aged between 18 and 24 have suffered an assault from another who is intoxicated by alcohol.
According to Rehabs.com, there are 7,000 American children under the age of 16 that take their first sip of alcohol. This early exposure can rapidly develop into an issue that can spread into adulthood as studies show that children who start regular drinking before the age of 21 are more likely to become dependent on alcohol.
How much does alcohol abuse cost the United States every year? Well, another statistic released by the CDC places the annual cost of alcohol abuse at approximately $230 billion.
What are the symptoms of being dependent on alcohol? Well, according to the NCADD, the following four symptoms are key indicators of alcoholism:
- Loss of control
- Craving for alcohol
- Physical dependence on alcohol
Alcohol abuse is not reserved for the adults; according to MADD, an average of 4,700 teens die as a result of alcohol abuse each year. This number of fatalities as a result of alcohol, a legal substance, is higher than the number of deaths caused by all the other harmful illegal substances combined.
According to the NCADD, 36 percent of convicted felons or those under correctional supervision had alcohol in their system when they committed the crime that led to their conviction. That’s 36 percent- a total of 5.3 million adults who are currently under correctional supervision due to being under the influence of alcohol.
So, next time you think that alcohol is just another drink, remember that just because it is legal does not mean that it is safe. Remember to be responsible and value your life and your health.