Society labels alcohol as the drink of choice when someone needs to unwind,
celebrate, or forget their worries. It is a common beverage found in many
restaurants and households. While okay in moderation, alcohol can easily
become addictive. Those imbibing should take care not to form a dependency
on the drink. Unfortunately, too many individuals form an addiction to alcohol.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate an average
of 17.6 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse. Of those, approximately
88,000 die from it. That translates to roughly six individuals dying every
day from alcohol abuse. At Turning Point, we believe that number is too
high. That is why we want to use April, Alcohol Awareness Month, to inform
readers of the far-reaching effects of this dependency.
Alcohol addiction statistics from this past year include:
- Three out of four alcohol-poisoning deaths happen to adults between the
ages of 35 to 64 and commonly happen in men. (CDC)
- American Indians / Alaska Natives most often die because of alcohol poisoning.
- 100,000 individuals die from alcohol-related accidents such as drunk driving,
fires, falls, and alcohol-induced suicide / homicides. (NCAAD)
- Approximately 3.9 million Americans are treated for substance abuse annually,
2.5 million users being treated for alcohol abuse. (Drug Free World)
- Kids who start drinking at a young age are seven times more likely to form
an alcohol addiction. (MADD)
- Alcohol is the third leading cause of lifestyle-related deaths in America. (NIAAA)
- The United States spends an average of $199 billion every year because
of drunk driving costs. (MADD)
Alcohol leaves lasting damage to both a person’s body and to their
relationships. It is a plague that can ruin lives. If you or a loved one
suffers from alcohol addiction, use this month to break the dependency.
addiction treatment programs can help. Call us at (973) 380-0905 or
request an admission. Start reclaiming your life today!