What You Need to Know About Alcoholism

Drinking alcohol is a common societal practice in the majority of countries in the world. Consumption does not always pose a problem by itself. Alcoholism, however, is a common disease and a major problem in the world—with the United States taking a hard hit in particular.

A Few Facts:

  • Globally, the misuse of alcohol is the greatest risk factor for premature death and disability among individuals between the ages of 15 and 49 years.
  • Alcohol abuse leads to over 88,000 deaths per year in the United States.
  • Those deaths represent over 2.5 million years of potential lost life per year.
  • On average, those who died had their lives shortened by 30 years.
  • 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths in the United States are alcohol-related.
  • 40% of alcoholics drink to excess during their late adolescence.
  • Excessive drinking costs states a median of $2.9 Billion each due to increased crime, reduced on-the-job productivity, and higher health care costs. In California particularly, excessive drinking costs a staggering 31.9 billion dollars.
  • 16.6 million Americans aged 18 years and older have some degree of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), commonly referred to as alcoholism.
  • 87% of US adults consumed alcohol at some point in their life, with 71% reporting they have imbibed in the past year, and 56% in the past month.
  • Alcohol abuse causes 1 out of every 10 deaths among working-age adults (20-64 years old).

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