Alcohol Facts

Alcohol Facts

  • An estimated $276 Billion is lost every year in the U.S. on untreated alcohol abuse and alcoholism.
  • Families of Alcoholics and Alcohol Abusers use 10 times more sick leave.
  • About 40% of deaths in the workplace are caused by alcohol abuse.
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse costs industry about $100 billion a year.
  • Current estimates show over 15 million in U.S. abuse alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Alcoholism causes loss of about 500 million workdays per year.
  • About 50% of employment “problems” are traceable to alcohol and abuse of drugs.]
  • According to current statistics about 12.4 million Americans were considered heavy drinkers or abusers of alcohol.
  • About 50% of employment “problems” are traceable to alcohol and abuse of drugs.
  • Eighty percent of family members of alcohol abusers consider work and home life “impaired” due to alcohol.
  • Alcoholism contributes to HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.
  • Of deaths in U.S. from other than prescribed drugs nearly 40% indicated alcohol abuse.
  • Alcohol abuse ranks among the top causes of “preventable deaths” every year in the U.S.
  • The yearly cost of alcohol abuse to every man, woman and child in the nation is roughly $1050 per person.
  • Most physicians fail to screen for alcohol dependency during medical exams and health professionals consider screening a waste of time.

Statistical data obtained through:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Columbia, MD