If you’re caught in the undertow of alcoholism, you may not know where to turn. It might help you or your loved one to know that you are not alone. You are not a statistic. We provide statistics only as a learning tool, but you are the one. If you struggle with your alcohol use, you are the one who needs to come to terms with the problem and then open up to the support and treatment that can bring you back to yourself.
Statistics on Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol is the most popular legal drug on the planet. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), using statistics gathered in 2014, 87.6 percent of Americans 18 or over have drunk alcohol in their lifetime.
- The number of people who have a problem with alcohol is also high. In the United States alone, 16.3 million adults aged 18 and up (10.6 million men and 5.7 million women) had an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Some of those people engaged in binge drinking. In fact, 24.7 percent of people 18 or older stated that they indulged in binge drinking in the past month previous to the survey. Binge drinking is described as consuming more than five drinks on one occasion.
- It was reported that 37.9 percent of college students engaged in binge drinking on a pretty regular basis in a one-month period. Additionally, 12.2 percent also engaged in binge drinking on at least five occasions during the month. Alcohol abuse leads to other problems. It is frightening that “97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.”
- Young people ages 12 to 17 are at risk of alcoholism with approximately 679,000 (367,000 females and 311,000 males) in this age range reported to have had an AUD.
- Alcohol abuse is responsible for almost 88,000 deaths on an annual basis, and 9,967 of those deaths in 2014 were related to DUIs.
You don’t have to be a statistic. There are caring people who want to see you get sober, and there are recovery facilities where you can get the care you need in a compassionate environment.
How Many Alcoholics Make It into Recovery?
Because private rehabilitation centers are committed to protecting their residents and don’t release statistics, it is difficult to provide the inspiring numbers of recovery. According to the NIAAA study, approximately “1.5 million adults (1.1 million men and 431,000 women) received treatment for an AUD at a specialized facility in 2014.”
Alcoholics can relapse after leaving treatment a number of times before they achieve sobriety. Which may sound daunting, but each treatment program gets them one step closer to sustained sobriety, particularly if the program uses evidence-based treatment. One study reported that that 58 percent of patients who received Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for alcoholism or drug addiction had a better outcome than those who didn’t receive this treatment. Whatever form of treatment you find that works best for you is the right one.
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There is always hope for recovery. Whether you choose a 12-step peer support group, or you decide upon a more comprehensive residential treatment program, there are many avenues to sobriety and recovery. You just need to take that first step.
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