Alcohol is one of the most abused substances in the United States. Those who suffer from addiction to alcohol may also have a co-occurring disorder such as depression or anxiety.

Seeking treatment for addiction to alcohol is important to long-term success. Read the facts below to better understand how alcohol addiction affects you and those around you:


  • Alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths annually, making it the third leading cause of preventable mortality in the U.S., after tobacco and diet/activity patterns.
  • Among 9,484 deaths attributed to non-medical use of other drugs in 1996, 37% also involved alcohol.

Alcohol Abuse at Work

  • 21% of workers reported being injured or put in danger, having to re-do work or to cover for a co-worker, or needing to work harder due to others’ drinking.
  • Up to 40% of industrial fatalities and 47% of industrial injuries can be linked to alcohol consumption and alcoholism.
  • 60% of alcohol-related work performance problems can be attributed to employees who are not alcohol dependent, but who occasionally drink too much on a work night or drink during a weekday lunch.
  • Employees who were in serious trouble with alcohol showed significant improvement in drinking behavior and job adjustment during the months immediately following an intervention to confront problem drinking that was intruding on their work.

Alcohol and Youth

  • Use of alcohol and other drugs is associated with the leading causes of death and injury (e.g., motor-vehicle crashes, homicides, and suicides) among teenagers and young adults
  • In 1995, 21.5% (262,112) of the clients admitted to alcohol or other drug treatment programs were under age 24, including 18,194 under age 15.
  • A clear relationship exists between alcohol use and grade-point average among college students: students with GPAs of D or F drink three times as much as those who earn As.
  • Almost half of college students who were victims of campus crimes said they were drinking or using other drugs when they were victimized.
  • 31.9% of youth under 18 in long-term, State-operated juvenile institutions in 1987 were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the arrest.

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