have a close family member who has or has had alcoholism.
Approximately one in four children
younger than 18 years old in the United States is exposed to alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence while living within an alcoholic family.
was reported by 5.7 percent of the population aged 12 or older, or 12.9 million people.
Statistics of Alcoholism The Leading Abused Substance
In 2006 there were nearly 1.8 million admissions for treatment of alcohol and drug abuse to facilities that report to State administrative data systems. Most admissions (40 percent) were for alcohol treatment.
Percentage of Admissions
Substance or Drug
Alcohol + another drug
Smoked cocaine (crack)
Opiates (not heroin)
Statistics on Alcoholism The Cost of Alcohol
Alcoholism statistics on the economic costs to society reveal amazing facts.
First we see the diversified range of costs, from direct treatment and lost employment to victims of alcohol related crimes and the health costs of alcohol abuse.
Second, alcohol dependence and abuse cost the US approximately $220 billion in 2005. For the sake of comparison, this was greater than the amount of money spent to combat cancer ($196 billion) and obesity ($133 billion).
Economic costs to society of alcohol abuse and alcoholism, United States, 1983
(for alcohol abuse and
alcoholism, liver cirrhosis, motor vehicle crashes, etc)
Alcoholism Statistics Drinking and Driving Statistics
the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - in 2008, 31 percent of car accidents were alcohol related.
of all car accidents between midnight and 3am were alcohol related.
are caused primarily by the consumption of beer (80 percent) followed by liquor/wine at 20 percent.
The highest intoxication rates
in fatal crashes in 2001 were recorded for drivers 21-24 years old (33 percent), followed by ages 25-34 (28 percent) and 35-44 (25 percent).
The intoxication rate
(those over .08 BAC) for male drivers involved in fatal crashes was 24 percent, compared with 13 percent for female drivers.
Traffic crashes, traffic crash fatalities, and alcohol-related traffic crash fatalities, United States
crash fatalities (a)
traffic crash fatalities (b)
of all traffic crash fatalities (b/a)
Other Alcoholism Statistics:
Globally alcohol consumption has increased in recent decades, with all or most of that increase in developing countries.
It is estimated that over 3 million teens between the ages of 14 and 17 in the United States today are alcoholics.
62% of high school teenagers report that they have been drunk; 31% say they have had five or more drinks in a row during the last two weeks.
Alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths annually, making it the third leading cause of preventable mortality in the United States after tobacco and diet/activity patterns.
Alcoholism prevalence is highest for both sexes in the 18-to-29 age group.
A survey of over 450 American alcohol abusers revealed that the vast majority of them did not grow up with a father figure in their households.
People who have a good relationship with their spouses have an 8.9% probability of developing alcoholism over the course of their lifetime. Contrarily, 29.2% of adults who are living with a partner and have never married are likely to become alcoholics.
One out of every five alcoholics who attempt to stop drinking without medical intervention end up dying as a result of alcoholic withdrawal delirium.
People who live with an alcoholic take ten times the amount of sick leave than individuals who are not exposed to alcoholism.
A staggering half-a-million US children aged nine to 12 are addicted to alcohol.
If you or someone close to you wants help and advice on quitting drinking then take a look at the following pages:
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)