Alcoholism Statistics

Alcohol's ubiquitous presence in our culture has caused it to affect almost every aspect of our lives. Alcohol has permeated practically every sub-culture in the United States, and has become an integral part of how many people choose to relax. From the overworked executive who has a drink at the end of a 60-hour work-week to unwind to the college freshman who spends their weekends getting drunk to escape the pressures of exams; from the teenager who drinks simply because they can to the single mother who starts to depend on alcohol to help manage her stress and depression, Americans like to drink. Below are some alarming statistics that illustrate what can happen when a drinking habit crosses the line into alcoholism.

Alcoholism and Family Violence

70% of all violent alcohol-related behavior occurs in the home. It's estimated that alcohol is present in 92% of reported instances of domestic violence each year, with heterosexual males as the most common offenders. Child abuse is another tragically common manifestation of family violence. Over 90,000 children are victims of family violence each year, usually in incidents involving alcohol.

Juvenile Alcoholism

The statistics regarding underage drinking grow more alarming with each passing year. Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among teenagers, with many having their first drink as early as twelve years of age. Alcohol is involved in 48% percent of all vehicular deaths involving teenagers. Every year, almost 2,000 children die in car crashes that involve underage drinking. During the past month alone, almost 20% of underage Americans between the ages of 12 and 20 will have engaged in binge drinking.


The average drunk driver will drive while intoxicated eighty times before they are arrested even once. There are over 11,000 drunk-driving related fatalities in the United States each year, accounting for approximately 30% of all traffic fatalities. Although research indicates that drunk driving is down nearly 20% since 2006, the alarming number of fatalities, particularly youths, involved in reported incidents mandates that education and awareness should continue to be implemented at every level.

Treatment Admissions

It's common for those suffering with long-standing alcoholism to not seek the proper treatment, particularly because there is still an overwhelming cultural stigma against it. Almost eighteen million people in the United States are diagnosed alcoholics, and yet only a little over 10% of them have received the help they needed from a specialized rehab facility. Most unfortunately, studies show that approximately 90% of alcoholic patients relapse within a four-year period.

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Alcoholism treatment should never be attempted in your home or without medical supervision at a professional licensed treatment facility.