Recovery from alcohol addiction is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.
Alcohol in the United States
It is estimated that in the United States, 23.1 million people suffer from addiction to alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, alcoholism also affects the family and friends of the alcoholic. Once in recovery, the alcoholic’s life becomes manageable, family relations are restored and life returns to a healthy, functioning level. They, in essence, become productive members of their family and society.
Statistics on Alcoholism
There are numerous dangerous health related problems directly associated with alcoholism as well as negative impact affecting others. The following are some of the statistics on alcoholism:
• 3 million Americans over the age of 60 are alcohol abusers or dependent
• Around 14 million Americans are alcohol abusers or are addicted to alcohol
• 20% of the suicides in the United States are alcohol related
• 66% of Americans consume alcohol
• Alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.
• It is estimated that the alcoholic will affect 4-5 lives when under the influence, other than his own
• In the last three years, there were 17,000 alcohol related traffic fatalities
• 41% of all U.S. traffic fatalities are alcohol related
• 8.1 million people in the U.S. are alcoholic
• An average of one alcohol-related motor vehicle accident occurs every 30 minutes, in the U.S.
Statistics on Alcohol Use
There is a lot of controversy about underage drinking and the age to which one is considered an adult and responsible enough to make decision about purchasing and consuming alcohol. The following are some interesting statistics on this subject:
Over 30% of 16 and 17 year olds were using alcohol. And over 50% of those between 18 and 20 were using it.
36% of those ages 18 to 20 years old have been involved in binge drinking.
More males, at 29% binge drink than females (at 27.5%)
The race with the highest percentage of alcohol use are white people at 32.3%. Second highest race are Hispanics at 25.9%.
The white population also had the highest percentage of binge drinkers at 22.3%.
Citizens from the Northeast part of the United States had the highest alcohol use rates at 31.4%. Citizens of the Midwest had the second highest rates at 18.1%.
Underage drinking rates are also the highest for those living in the northeast at 31.4%. Those living in the Midwest also had high underage drinking are at 31%.
Metropolitan areas experience the largest amount of underage alcohol abuse at 29%. However • underage drinking rates in small areas were very close at 29.5%.
Alcohol and Crime
Alcohol related crime is defined as crime that is committed when someone is under the influence as well as disorderly offenses such as drinking and driving and driving under the influence.
For those that struggle with alcohol addiction, their drinking problem can be used as an excuse of why they are committing crimes or have legal troubles. In addition, those drinking are more likely to commit a crime.
Drinking and crime does not discriminate based on age, social status, religion or any other demographic. One statistics is that young men usually commit crimes involving aggression. However, for years many have known that there is a connection between aggression and crime. Alcohol plays a role in many acts of aggression including domestic violence, rape and even murder. In addition alcohol can play a role in assault where a person can become injured by the individual drinking or the alcohol itself through glass injury from broken bottles or bottles used as weapons.
As far as victims many young men are the most likely victims or alcohol related crime. Women are also likely victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.
Men who struggle with alcohol abuse problems are more likely to physically abuse their partners than those who don’t.
With more than 14 million people addicted to alcohol the only solution lies in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Programs like Narconon that specialize in this type of addiction can achieve an over 70% success rate for sobriety.
Call 1-800-468-6933 for more information on getting help for a drug or alcohol addiction through Narconon drug rehab.