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Alcoholism is a grueling and terrifying disease which takes control of everything in a person’s life. Nothing is worse than trying to live a normal quality of life and to have things spiral out of control due to excessive drinking.

Alcoholism Statistics in US

Cravings, tolerance and dependency are all parts of alcoholism which must be dealt with before someone can even think of becoming sober.  Most individuals benefit from professional treatment and it is important to remember that it is not something that needs to be handled alone.

People that abuse alcohol are just like everyone else, most individuals picture an alcohol abuser as a college or high school student that drinks on the sly.  However, all age groups drink for various different reasons, college students can binge drink because of pressure, pregnant women may drink out of habit, professional individuals might consume alcohol after a hard day at work and the elderly can drink out of boredom and loneliness.

National alcoholism statistics highlight that as much as 2.3% of individuals aged 12 years and up have participated in binge drinking.  Alcoholism statistics show that as many as 57.8 million people have a drinking problem and the number is currently rising.  Alcohol abuse and dependency costs the United States approximately $200 billion per year, which is greater than the amounts spent on cancer and obesity combined.

Different Types of Alcohol Problems

There are many different types of alcoholism which a person can experience, which include the following:

  • Binge drinking: most affects younger people, but can happen to those of all ages.  Characterized by a person consuming five or more drinks at one time and only engaging in the behavior periodically, not only a daily basis.
  • Alcohol abuse:  the person that engages in alcohol abuse will experience out of control consumption and not care about the resulting consequences.
  • Alcohol dependence:  chronic and progressive, having the strong urge and physical need to drink alcohol despite repeated social or interpersonal problems.

National Alcohol Screening Day

April 3rd, 2010 is National Alcohol Screening Day and the campaign the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  By supporting the campaign, the public is educated about the health risks of alcoholism, gets new ideas and information and is provided with topics of interest concerning alcohol abuse.  Another goal of the campaign is to organize a successful health promotion for events and campaigns to raise national awareness about the disease and what can be done to prevent it.

Overview

With all of the serious and dangerous consequences and side effects of chronic and excessive alcohol consumption, it is very important for a person to stop the cycle of abuse.  It is never easy for a person to confront alcoholism, but it must be done if sobriety is ever going to be achieved.  Through providing a variety of different awareness materials, raising public interest and sponsoring National Alcohol Screening Day, the United States is trying to reach the public and reduce the rates of alcoholism among each age group.

  • ncadi.samhsa.gov/seasonal/aprilalcohol/
  • www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/alcohol.htm
  • www.healthfinder.gov/nho/nho.asp

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