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Just over half of the poplulation of Americans aged 12 and over are considered current drinkers of alcohol, which comes out to be around 125 million people. Despite its legality it is actually one of the most damaging drugs to our society in terms of addiction and other problems caused by alcohol abuse. Some of these problems include drunk driving accidents and fatalities, domestic violence, the spread of disease through promiscuity, health-related issues such as liver failure, and many more.
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More than one fifth of people aged 12 or older (nearly 58 million) participated in binge drinking (having five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least 1 day in the 30 days) in 2007.
In 2007, among young adults aged 18 to 25, the rate of binge drinking was 41.8 percent, and the rate of heavy alcohol consumption was 14.7 percent. Heavy drinking or consumption of alcohol is defined as binge drinking at least 5 times in the last month.
In 2007, an estimated 12.7 percent of persons aged 12 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year. This percentage has decreased since 2002, when it was 14.2 percent. From 2006 to 2007, the rate of driving under the influence of alcohol among persons aged 18 to 25 decreased from 24.4 to 22.8 percent.
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In 2007, heavy drinking was reported by 6.9 percent of the population aged 12 or older, or 17.0 million people. This rate was the same as the rate of heavy drinking in 2006. It was found that among people 18-22, full-time college students had a much higher rate of alcohol consumption.
The number of people needing treatment for an alcohol use problem was 19.3 million. Of these, only 1.6 million (0.6 percent of the total population and 8.1 percent of the people who needed treatment for an alcohol use problem) actually received alcohol use treatment at a specialty facility. Thus, there were 17.7 million people who needed treatment but did not receive any type of alcoholism treatment at a specialty facility.
More than 72 percent of those who knew they needed treatment for alcoholism made no attempt to get help, and more than 25 percent reportedly tried but could not get treatment for alcohol abuse.
Some treatment programs have all but given up on solving alcoholism and have resorted to only prescribing medication to treat the symptoms. While it is true that sometimes stabilizing drugs may need to be administered for a couple of days in a detox center to prevent seizures or DT's, it is not a valid long-term treatment method. Anti-drinking pills have also not been able to show any significant improvement in long-term drinking reduction, but also carry their own damaging side effects.
Contact us today if you or someone you know needs alcohol addiction treatment and would like to find a treatment center that is successful.