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Alcoholism & Drug Addiction



General Statistics

» In the United States, 17.6 million people--about l in every 12 adults--abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent
» The World Health Organization (WHO) reports as of Feb, 2011 that alcohol is to blame for 2.5 million deaths annually
» Alcohol is the leading risk factor in deaths of males aged 15-59
» Relatively few of the more than 17 million US alcohol abusers receive treatment
» Most alcoholics in the US seeking treatment are in the 26-34 age group
» Alcohol dependence and abuse costs the US $220 billion a year
» Over 3 million people in the United States use Cocaine
» More than 10 million people abuse prescription medications in the United States
» As of early 2011, Oxycontin and Xanax have become the 2 most abused prescription drugs
» 9% of high school seniors reported using Cocaine
» 90% of cocaine users smoked, drank, or used marijuana before trying Cocaine
» Near half of all drug related emergency room visits are due to Cocaine abuse
» Nearly 1,000,000 people in the US need treatment for heroin addiction
» Heroin addicts spend between $150 to $200 per day to maintain their addiction
» 1 out of 2 people knows someone who is in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs
» Fewer than 20% of Americans say they would think less of someone if they discovered that person is in recovery


Affects of Alcohol/Alcoholism by Age Group

» 25.9% of underage alcohol abusers drink 47.3% of the alcohol consumed by underage drinkers
» A staggering half-a-million US children aged 9 to 12 are addicted to alcohol
» In 2002, 2.6 million binge drinkers were between the ages of 12 and 17
» Alcohol is the drug most frequently used by 12 to 17 year-olds
» Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin drinking at or after age 21
» Of all ethnic groups, Hispanic teens of middle school age are more likely to drink or use marijuana
» One quarter of teens and young adults engage in binge drinking
» Just under 13.8 million US adults have issues with alcohol, and 8.1 million of them officially suffer from alcoholism
» Women are more likely to die of cirrhosis of the liver and violence caused by alcohol abuse, AND die 11 years earlier than their male counterparts
» 3 million US citizens over the age of 60 abuse alcohol or require it to function normally

Family Statistics

» 6.5 million minors in the US live with an alcoholic mother or father
» 40% of alcoholism is passed down through the gene pool.
» Approximately 53% of adults in the US have reported that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking problem

Specific Health Issues

» Alcohol is a causal factor in 60 types of diseases and injuries
» Drinking excessively year after year may cause pancreatitis and increases the likelihood of developing cancer of the throat, liver, kidneys, rectum and esophagus
» One out of every five alcoholics who attempt to stop drinking without medical intervention end up dying as a result of alcohol withdrawal delirium
» 68% of those people who come to an emergency room have an alcohol or drug problem
» 20% of suicide victims in the US are alcoholics
» Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the leading known cause of mental retardation—and the most preventable of all birth defects
» Approximately 50,00 cases of alcohol poisoning are reported each year in the US
» A blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.5% can cause the heartbeat to be anesthetized and can result in death

Alcohol and Law Enforcement

» More than 40 people die daily from drunk driving, that's approximately 16,000 people a year
» Half a million people were injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present This is an average of one individual injured every two minutes in an alcohol related accident
» 50% of US homicides are alcohol related
» 60% of all people in prison are incarcerated for drug related charges
» 85% of the estimated 2.3 million prison inmates have a serious drug abuse history
» Over 25% prisoners were under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they committed their crimes
» Drugs are involved in a wide range of crimes - Violent: 78%, Property 83%, Weapons 77%, and Parole Violations 77%

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Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, substance abuse, alcoholism & intervention - these are all very emotionally charged subjects. None of us like to think that someone we love has a problem with addiction. Sadly the chances of an alcoholic or addict entering into rehab (a treatment center) or getting other help alone is not likely. This is where Family Intervention comes in -- They are not alone anymore.

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