“I drank when I was happy and I drank when I was anxious and I drank when I was bored and I drank and I was depressed, which was often.”
~Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story
30 years ago this April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence established Alcohol Awareness Month in order to highlight the issue of alcohol abuse and addiction. The theme for 2017 is “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery”.
Here’s the bad news – alcohol is the most commonly-abused intoxicating/addictive substance in the US. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 12 American adults abuses or is dependent on alcohol. Excessive drinking causes up to 88,000 deaths in this country EVERY YEAR.
Alcohol abuse has been called America’s “#1 public health problem”:
- Alcoholism is the 3rd-leading cause of death in the US that is directly attributed to lifestyle.
- 5 MILLION potential years of life are lost every year because of alcohol.
- That equates to 30 years of potential life lost per victim.
- Excluding intensive care or maternity patients, 40% of American hospital beds are being used to treat alcohol-related conditions.
- The World Health Organization reports that alcohol contributes to over 200 diseases and health conditions.
- In the 20-39 age demographic, 1 out of 4 global deaths are attributable to alcohol.
But here’s the good news – with timely intervention, individualized, evidence-based treatment, and long-term support, it is possible for a person with an Alcohol Use Disorder to regain their sobriety and learn how to manage their disease of addiction.
NCADD estimates that approximately 20 MILLION people are living in recovery right now!
Alcohol Awareness Month is an excellent time to review the signs of alcohol abuse
and reevaluate your relationship with alcohol and the role it plays your life. If you or someone you care about has a problematic relationship with drinking, the best time to do something about it is always NOW.
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