For many people, social drinking is a common part of life. A vast majority of the population uses or has used alcohol at some point, and many people view being allowed to legally drink a kind of “right of passage.” Fifty-two percent of people over the age of 18 are regular drinkers.
What gets neglected time after time are the staggering statistics on alcoholism and alcohol-related deaths. Anyone who uses alcohol should be aware of these statistics and the negative repercussions of alcohol use.
In 2000, alcohol ranked the third-largest cause of preventable death in the United States. There were an estimated 85,000 alcohol-related deaths that year. In 2008, over 13,000 people died from alcohol-related driving accidents. Nearly half of all fatal car crashes are related to alcohol. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are over 14,000 deaths caused by liver disease related to alcoholism each year. Alcohol is responsible for 24,000 deaths annually.
Approximately 92 percent of adults who drink excessively had had an episode of binge drinking in the last month. Seventy percent of episodes of binge drinking involve those ages 26 and older. Among adults ages 18 to 20, 52 percent are binge drinkers. Binge drinkers are also 14 times more likely to drive impaired than those who do not binge drink.
Alcohol Consumption in Women
The Center for Disease Control report suggests that six out of every 10 women who drink alcohol at the reproductive age binge drink. In 2008, over seven percent of pregnant women were drinkers of alcohol. Drinking can affect fertility and disrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle, putting them at risk for miscarriage and stillbirth. Women who binge drink are also more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors (like unprotected sex) and be exposed to STDs. Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy put their child at risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). These women are also more likely to have their baby die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Alcohol Rehab Statistics
Currently, one in every five people admitted to rehab are suffering from alcohol abuse, according to a study done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. Over 23 million people in the United States are estimated to have a problem with alcohol abuse, but very few of these people are able to recognize their problem. Alcohol rehab statistics show that individuals between the ages of 20 and 24 are most likely to participate in rehab, while those between ages 25 and 29 are the most likely to struggle with alcohol abuse.
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