2015 Alcoholism Statistics You Need to Know

Alcoholism affects people from all walks of life. People from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and upbringings. People of wide age ranges. Alcoholism in America has changed over the years, but if there’s one thing that’s remained constant, it’s the dangerousness of the condition.

Alcohol poisoning kills six people every day (CDC).

Let that sink in for a moment. Now, consider these additional 2015 alcoholism statistics you need to know:

  • Three in four alcohol poisoning deaths involve adults ages 35 to 64 and most deaths occur among men. (CDC)
  • The group with the most alcohol poisoning deaths per million people is American Indians/Alaska Natives.
  • However, the majority of alcohol deaths are among non-Hispanic whites. (CDC)
  • Alcoholism was identified as a contributing factor in the deaths of 30 percent of those who died from alcohol poisoning from 2010 to 2012. (CDC)
  • 100,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes: drinking and driving crashes, other accidents, falls, fires, alcohol-related homicides and suicides. (NCAAD)
  • Of the 3.9 million Americans who received treatment for a substance abuse problem in 2005, 2.5 million of them were treated for alcohol use. (Drug Free World)
  • In 2013, 24.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month. (NIAAA)
  • Approximately 17 percent of men and 8 percent of women will be dependent on alcohol in their lifetime.
  • Alcohol abuse is the third highest cause of death in the in the U.S. (due to its link to alcohol-related deaths.) (NIAAA)
  • Teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each year – that’s more than all illegal drugs combined. (MADD)
  • Drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion every year. (MADD)
  • Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident. (MADD)

Alcoholism has a profound impact on the entire body, especially the brain, heart, pancreas, mouth, liver and immune system. There is no question that heavy, long-term drinking is harmful to the body and makes evident the dangers of alcoholism. There is also no question that alcoholism dramatically affects Americans in more ways than one.

If you or a loved one exhibits any of the common warning signs of alcoholism, contact Talbott Recovery for help. Don’t let yourself or a loved one become a statistic.

1 drugfreeworld.org
2 niaaa.nih.gov
3 madd.org

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