Alcohol rehabilitation is a major concern in the United States, and even in Utah. Sadly, most of the people who need alcohol addiction rehab will not end up receiving the treatment they so desperately need.
The following shocking alcoholism and alcohol rehab statistics, compiled from government statistics and other online resources, will open your eyes about the effects of alcoholism and shed some light on how to treat this devastating condition.
Alcohol rehabilitation treatment statistics
- Only 11.2 percent of people who needed alcohol or drug rehabilitation treatment in 2009 received proper treatment at a rehab center.
- The largest percentage of people entering rehab do so for alcohol only — More than 23 percent of all publicly funded rehab admissions are for alcohol addiction.
- Approximately 18 percent of people entering rehabilitation treatment do so for alcohol abuse and another drug addiction.
- The largest demographic of people entering publicly funded alcohol and substance abuse treatment are in their 20s (29.2 percent in 2008).
- Individuals who complete alcohol rehabilitation treatment are much more likely to stay sober in the three years following treatment if they attend aftercare treatment such as ongoing support groups.
Alcohol abuse disease and death statistics
- Approximately 20 percent of people with alcohol addiction also have high blood pressure or hypertension.
- People with alcoholism also have above-average rates of arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, heart disease, and ulcers.
- More than 13,000 people die every year in the United States from liver disease caused by alcoholism.
- Approximately 50,000 cases of alcohol overdose are reported in the U.S. each year.
- Over 100,000 Americans die every year as a result of alcohol-related issues ranging from cancer to car accidents.
- Alcohol accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic-related car accidents in the United States.
- Alcohol kills almost 7 times the number of people every year than illicit drugs or prescription drugs.
- In 2009, approximately 30.2 million people 12 or older reported driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year.
Alcohol addiction and abuse statistics
- According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 23.5 million people in the U.S. needed treatment for an alcohol abuse or drug problem in 2009 (9.3 percent of Americans aged 12 or older).
- An estimated 14 million people in the U.S. are addicted to alcohol.
- One in every three fathers and one in every six mothers admits to binge drinking (5 or more drinks on one occasion) in the past 30 days.
- On the whole, 30.4 percent of men and 16.0 percent of women admit to binge drinking in the past month, while 9.9 percent of men and 3.4 percent of women report heavy alcohol use (binge drinking at least 5 days a month).
- More than half of all adults have a close relative with a drinking problem.
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