Alcohol Statistics

Statistics for Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Show Current Treatment “Effective” When Applied.

As alcohol abuse and drug dependency flourished in the U.S. a mountain of statistical evidence and research has been accumulated. Led by health care professionals and a concerned medical community, efforts reflect an abundance of resources available to those seeking help. More importantly, its been proven that treatment works in the majority of cases.

The challenges to treatment have always been denial and the avoidance of intervention. Alcoholism and drug dependency are illnesses that constantly convince the victim no problem exists. Consequently, treatment is often avoided until severe damage has impacted on nearly every major aspect of living: family, employment, health, and spiritual values. It is critically important that persons suspecting alcoholism or drug dependency, act immediately with direct inquiries concerning care for themselves or a family member.

Relevant Statistical Data:

  • When alcoholism and drug abuse are treated as long term illnesses, chronic and relapsing, success rates are comparable to those realized with other chronic health problems.
  • Most individuals who use alcohol stop at the “experimental or recreational” stage. For a variety of complex reasons, some users progress to dependency. Without intervention that use becomes habitual and evolves into physical and psychological addiction.
  • The cost of untreated drug and alcohol abuse in the U.S. in a year is estimated at $276 Billion in lost productivity, law enforcement costs, health care and welfare programs. Savings from treatment programs is incalculable!
  • Treatment for alcoholism has been shown to reduce criminal activity up to 80% among chronic offenders, has increased their rate of employment, decreases homelessness and reduces all health care costs.
  • Research has shown that long-term drug and alcohol abuse costs business and industry an estimated $100 billion annually. Alcoholism alone causing 500 million lost work days a year.
  • Up to 40% of industrial fatalities and 47% of injuries in the workplace are linked to alcohol consumption and alcoholism.
  • Non-alcoholic members of alcoholic’s families use 10 times as much sick leave as families where alcohol is not a problem. 80% of these family members report their ability to perform work is impaired as a result of living with an alcohol abuser.
  • According to current statistics about 12.4 million Americans were considered heavy drinkers or abusers of alcohol.
  • One estimate holds that untreated addiction in the U.S. carries a price tag of $276 billion or the equivalent of $1, 000 per year for every man, woman and child in the nation.
  • Individuals with alcoholism and drug abusers are at increased risk for HIV/AIDS, as well as other infectious diseases like hepatitis and tuberculosis.
  • Most physicians fail to screen for drug or alcohol dependence in routine examinations and many consider screening efforts a waste of time.
  • Males are more likely to be dependent on illicit drugs and alcohol than females. The opposite is true of dependency on prescription medication. All Statistical data obtained through: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Columbia, MD