Alcoholism is an addiction to the consumption of alcohol. This is an extremely common problem. In fact, it is estimated that nearly eight percent of the adult population is battling an alcohol addiction. Below are some of the additional alcoholism statistics that people need to know:
There Are 140 Million Alcoholics In The World
This means that approximately two percent of the people in the world are alcoholics. Alcohol also contributes to four percent of the world’s deaths.
Early Drinking Greatly Increases Your Chances Of Becoming An Alcoholic
Many people start drinking way before the legal age of 21. Sixty-two percent of high school seniors have been drunk at some point in their lives. However, studies have shown that people who start drinking early in life are more likely to develop alcoholism. In fact, people who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times as likely to become alcohol dependent.
Men Are Much More Likely To Suffer From Alcoholism
There are 3.9 women in the United States who have a drinking problem. Nearly 10 million men in the United States have a drinking problem. This means men are nearly three times more likely to suffer from alcoholism than women.
Alcoholism Leads To Poor Grades
Students who drink alcohol in excess may notice that their grades begin to suffer. There was a study done in 2002 that examined the effects of drinking on grades. The results of the study showed that 25 percent of the students who drank in excess were missing class and doing poorly on exams and papers.
Wisconsin Has More Heavy Drinkers Than Any Other State
Alcohol use can vary widely by state. Wisconsin has more heavy drinkers than any other state in the United States. Seven percent of people in this state are heavy drinkers. Eleven percent of people in Wisconsin regularly abuse alcohol.
On the other hand, West Virginia and Utah are the states with the least number of heavy drinkers. The percentage of heavy drinkers in both states is 2.8 percent. The national average is 4.9 percent. North Carolina is the state with the lowest rate of alcohol abuse. Only 5.97 percent of the North Carolina population regularly abuses alcohol. The national average is eight percent.
Alcohol Use Greatly Increases The Chances Of Serious Health Problems
People who frequently abuse alcohol are 100 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure. They are 700 percent more likely to develop throat cancer. Heavy drinking can also increase the risk of colon cancer. Additionally, it is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of liver cancer cases can be attributed to alcohol use.
Many People Miss Work Due To Alcohol
It is estimated that 13 percent of work absences are due to alcohol use. Alcohol use can also affect work performance. Studies have shown that people who have alcoholism are 10 percent less productive than their co-workers.
The Importance Of Inpatient Treatment
If you know someone who is suffering from alcoholism, then you should encourage them to seek treatment. Inpatient treatment programs give people support 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the tools they need to recover. People will also not have any access to drugs and alcohol while they are in inpatient treatment. Furthermore, people will have the opportunity to make new friends and develop healthy lifestyle habits.