Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol related causes annually
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Despite it being legal, alcohol should still be considered a drug. Becoming addicted to this substance is a very problematic side effect. Some of the most apparent signs of alcohol addiction are:
- Excessive drinking
- Loss of control
- Increased tolerance,
- Memory loss or “blacking out”
- Using alcohol to cope with emotions such as stress or sadness
- Physical dependence and/or cravings
When a person loses control under the influence of alcohol, it doesn’t only mean unable to control ones actions, but also is defined by the inability to control the amount of alcohol one consumes in a period of time. This can be a struggle with an alcoholic who may even be aware of a problem and vow to only have one or two drinks, but by the end of a night will have consumed far more than the initial decided amount, leading to loss on self-control.
Memory loss may also happen quiet frequently to an individual who is addicted to alcohol, whether they are combining alcohol with other drugs or simply consuming well over their limit. You may have heard or said the phrase “I just blacked out,” or “ how did I get home last night”. Obviously this an issue that should be addressed. Losing memory or blacking out can lead to unsafe activities such as unwanted sexual behavior, criminal acts and or driving under the influence.
Thankfully modern medicine has come a long way, and alcohol addiction can now be treated with medicine that reduce withdrawal symptoms during detox, and medicine that helps and addict stay sober during the long process of recovery.
As we’ve said before, everyone’s needs are different, finding an alcohol treatment program that fits your needs is very important. An alcohol addiction treatment program should be customized to fit your unique problems and situation. Often times there is co-occurring mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, and bipolar disorder. Which at times is what drives a person to alcohol to begin with.
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction please call 877-348-7494 Help is Available.
Alcohol Abuse Statistics
Alcohol is classified as a depressant. It is composed of ethyl alcohol or ethanol. Ethanol is a byproduct of the fermentation process of yeast, sugar and starch. Consuming Ethanol leads to intoxication.
What does Alcohol look like?
Alcohol comes in a liquid form. Its color can vary based on its manufacturing process. Rum is made from molasses, and is usually brown, gold, or red. Vodka is usually clear in color.
Glucose + Yeast > Alcohol + Carbon Dioxide = Alcohol (Booze)
What are effects from alcohol consumption?
Alcohol enters the bloodstream when consumed. It goes throughout the body, and to the brain. The impact of drinking alcohol is dependent on several factors. They include: a person’s weight, age, gender, and the amount of alcohol consumed. Whether or not food is ingested also impacts the level of effect alcohol has.
Alcohol often can lower a person’s inhibitions, making it feel like it is easier to socialize. It can cause a person to slur their speech, impact the ability of motor senses, and lead to periods of amnesia, known as “black-outs,” where a person may not remember entire stretches of time, but may be awake and moving around doing things while intoxicated. Alcohol also can reduce a person’s reaction time, balance, judgment, and alter your personality. It can lead to sleep problems, nausea, vomiting, and alcohol poisoning which can result in death.
Alcohol in the United States:
Alcohol is legal for consumption by individuals 21 years of age or older. There are laws against public drinking, however. It is possible to be arrested or detained for public drunkenness. In addition, some states and counties have their own alcohol legislation that may prohibit drinking on specific days, or altogether. If you are a visitor or foreigner, you may want to check with local or state governments prior to using alcohol if there are any concerns.
In 2014, 87.6 % of adults 18 or over reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their life.
Health Factors of Alcohol Abuse
Over 200 diseases and conditions, most notably liver cirrhosis, and some cancers, are caused by alcohol (per the Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) 10th revision, WHO, 1992).
Prolonged, heavy alcohol usage can lead to addiction (alcoholism). It can cause organ failure, severe anxiety, malnutrition, brain damage, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions, and more. Alcohol impacts almost every organ in the body. Sudden cessation of long term alcohol use can lead to heart attack, delirium tremens, and death if not medically treated.
Alcoholism is medically classified as a brain disorder. It is characterized by heavy, abnormal drinking patterns, behaviors, and actions. It often results in family, economic, or social problems.
16.3 million adults 18 and older reported alcohol-related disorders in 2014.
Of that group:
Approximately 1.5 million adults in 2014 received treatment for alcohol related issues at a specialized facility
Approximately 679,000 adolescents ages 12–17 reported instances of alcohol abuse. An estimated 55,000 adolescents received treatment at a specialized facility.
Approximately 5.9 % of all world-wide deaths are blamed on alcohol consumption.
Nearly 88 thousand people die from alcohol-related causes each year in the US. It is the 4th leading, preventable cause of death.
Alcohol-impaired driving accounted for just under 10,000 fatalities in 2014.
Globally, alcohol is the 5th highest risk factor for premature death and disability. In young adults aged 20–39, approximately 25 % of deaths can be traced to alcohol.
The Economic Impact of Alcohol:
Alcohol costs the US over $249 billion a year, and that number is steadily rising. Nearly 75% of the total costs from alcohol usage relate to binge drinking.
A person’s income and their socioeconomic status is much likely to be lower if they drink heavily or regularly.
According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
Studies have shown that drinking during adolescent years can interfere with normal adolescent brain development. It can increase the risk of developing alcoholism or a related issue. Underage drinking also contributes to host of problems that can include: injuries, sexual assaults, arrest records, educational and job growth opportunities, and even deaths, which include car crashes. Underage drinkers are much more likely than adults to develop complications from alcohol abuse – adults, though are certainly not exempt from problems.
Some statistics about underage alcohol consumption:
- 34.7 % of 15-year-olds children reported they have had at least 1 drink in their lives.
- 8.7 million adolescents (aged 12–20) reported alcohol usage in the past month
- 5.3 million people (aged 12–20) are binge drinkers.
- 1.3 million people (aged 12–20) said they were heavy drinkers
Alcohol and College Students:
How prevalent is alcohol abuse among college students? The answer: very high.
- 59.8 % of full-time college students drank alcohol in the past month
- 37.9 % engaged in binge drinking, which is characterized by 5 or more drinks on one occasion, in the past month.
- 12.2 % of college students engaged in heavy drinking
Consequences for students:
- It is estimated that 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes each year.
- 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
- 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.28
- 20% of college students either met the criteria to develop an alcohol related disorder, or already reported a disorder.
- 25% of college students around the country face academic consequences from alcohol usage. These can include academic suspension, expulsion, criminal charges, missing class, falling behind in classes, failing exams, getting a lower GPA, or dropping out entirely.