Unlike most other substances, alcohol is legal, making it one of the most available and used drugs in the world. According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Surgeon General, alcohol contributes to over 88,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.
Are you worried that a loved one may be addicted to alcohol? Read on to learn more about alcohol addiction and its treatment and determine whether Beacon House alcohol addiction treatment is a good fit.
Alcoholism Facts and Statistics
Here are a few facts and stats to consider:
- In 2015, over 66 million people in the U.S. confessed to binge drinking during their free time.
- Alcohol abuse cost the U.S. government $249 billion in healthcare expenses, criminal justice costs and lost productivity.
- Over 175 million people aged 12 and above reported having consumed alcohol in the past year.
- About 8% of the population (20 million people) in the U.S. is abusing an illicit drug, and 1% of that number has an alcohol use disorder.
- Even though over 20 million people (8%) were found to be using an illicit drug, only a little over two million people received some form of treatment to help them in their recovery.
Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction
Sometimes the warning signs of an alcohol addiction are obvious. At other times, they are not easily noticeable. When alcohol addiction is discovered early on, the chances for a successful recovery increase.
Common signs of an alcohol addiction include:
- Finding it hard to control the urge to drink alcohol
- Craving alcohol strongly when you are not drinking
- Putting the love for alcohol above other responsibilities
- Feeling the urge to drink more and more all the time
- Spending almost all your money on alcohol
- Behaving weirdly after indulging in alcohol