Alcohol Statistics
and Alcohol Facts


Do you know much about alcohol? These alcohol statistics might astound you. Here are some alcohol facts to consider:





  • Annually, more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. alone are caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Nearly half of all fatal car crashes are alcohol-related.
  • The average person age 14 and older drinks 2.18 gallons of alcohol a year. (Obviously some drink less or none at all, and others drink much more).
  • The more education a person has, the more likely they are to drink.
  • The wealthier a person is, the more likely they are to drink.
  • The country of Luxemburg has the highest per capita consumption of alcohol, followed by Hungary, Ireland, the Czech Republic, and Germany. The U.S. comes in 26th on the list.
  • Every day an average of 11,318 teens try alcohol for the first time.
  • Alcoholism costs the U.S. between 40 and 60 billion dollars per year.




These alcohol statistics might have surprised you. For instance, many people assume it is the poor and uneducated that are most likely to drink alcohol, but actually it is the opposite. You may also be surprised to learn how many car crashes are alcohol related, or how many teens are trying alcohol.

But now that we know these alcohol facts, what do we do with them?

Addressing Alcoholism

Alcohol statistics also tells us the following:

  • Teens whose parents talk to them about the dangers of drinking alcohol are far less likely to drink than those whose parents do not discuss the issue with them.
  • There are more than 10,000 chapters of SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) in the U.S.
  • There are multiple chapters of MADD (Mother Against Drunk Driving) in every state in the U.S. and throughout Canada.
  • There are more than 100,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups worldwide.

Knowing these alcohol facts, we can begin to address the problem. We can see how important it is for parents to talk to teens about alcohol. We can see how many resources are available to help treat and prevent alcohol abuse.

Alcohol statistics have to turn into more than just numbers. They have to turn into action. And in fact, the statistics above can be used as action steps for preventing drunk driving.

If parents talk to their teens about drunk driving, those teens are less likely to drink. Teens can also join local SADD groups, where they will gain more information about the dangers of drunk driving and gain support from their peers in staying sober. Parents can also get information from SADD about how to talk to their kids about alcohol.

Adults can work with MADD to further prevent drunk driving. MADD offers a number of ways people can get involved. And those who have a drinking problem can seek help at AA.

Treating Alcoholism

Finally, statistics tell us a few things about treating alcoholism. From the alcohol facts, we know that:

  • Effective treatment programs last at least 21 – 28 days and have an aftercare component.
  • Effective treatment programs include individual therapy, group therapy, and medical care when appropriate.
  • Effective treatment programs also include a family component.

Based on the alcohol facts we know, we can comprise effective treatment programs to help alcoholics. We can do much to treat the condition. However, we also know from alcohol statistics that alcoholics are likely to relapse at least once and that continuing care (aftercare) is essential to a successful recovery. Support from family and friends is critical, as well. Treatment based on statistical knowledge is most likely to be effective. 






Related Information

Statistics on Alcoholics - Follow this link for additional statistics on alcohol abuse. Learn more about the dangers of alcoholism.

Alcohol Abuse Statistics - Information on how alcoholism affects the immediate family, the extended family, and the community at large.




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