What Are the Statistics of Alcohol Use in the United States?

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Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Saturday, 07, December 2019

Alcoholism or an alcohol use disorder can cover a broad range of definitions, but this will be the physical and mental symptoms and problems caused by alcohol. Alcohol abuse or alcohol dependency can be present under the following conditions:

  • someone drinks large amounts of alcohol over a long period
  • a person drinking alcohol has difficulty cutting down the amount they drink
  • the drinking and acquiring of alcohol take up a great deal of time
  • there is always a strong desire to use alcohol
  • using alcohol results in not fulfilling responsibilities'
  • social problems, health problems, and risky situations all come about from using alcohol
  • severe withdrawal symptoms occur when alcohol use has stopped, and alcohol tolerance has occurred

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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in a 2015 survey shows the prevalence of drinking is 86.4% of people ages 18 or older have drunk alcohol at one point in their lifetime. In that same survey done in 2015, over 26% of people ages 18 or older reported they had binge drank in that past month. 15.1 million adults ages 18 or over; 9.8 million men, and 5.3 million women could be considered having an alcohol use disorder under the current definitions of alcoholism and alcohol use disorder in the United States. Well over 600,000 youth ages 12 to 17 could also fall under this definition for having an alcohol use disorder according to this 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Each year, it is estimated that over 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes. Alcohol is, in fact, the third-leading cause of death in the United States. In 2014, the alcohol-related driving fatalities reached almost 10,000, which was over 30% of the overall driving fatalities. In 2010, alcohol misuse cost the United States close to $250 billion dollars, and three-quarters of this cost is directly related to binge drinking. According to a 2012 study done in the United States, roughly 10% of American children live with a parent who has an alcohol problem.