The Unrelenting Effect of Alcoholism on American Society

Shirley Amy
November 27, 2019

1 in 8 American adults fulfill the criteria for having an alcohol use disorder”

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The statistics for alcoholism clearly indicate that this global disease can affect anyone. To that end, here is some recent research that was compiled in order to help readers and those they care about, become more mindful of the clear and present dangers of being addicted to alcohol.

Alcohol Issues in the US

Every year, teen alcohol use kills 4,700 youngsters. Moreover, 15.1 million adults aged 18-plus, are challenged by alcohol use disorder. Drunk driving is responsible for more than 30% of all driving deaths each year – horrendous tragedies which could be prevented. And 40% of Americans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, have an alcohol use disorder.


It was discovered that 29% of suicide victims in America had alcohol in their system.

The act of suicide has such far reaching effects, that words are not always enough to describe the lifelong sorrow and trauma it can bring to the deceased person’s loved ones. There are limitless reasons for someone wanting to take their own life, but research has shown that excess drinking can fatally tip them over the edge. “Teenagers who start drinking before the age of 15 have a higher probability of alcohol dependence. These teenage alcohol abuse statistics show that underage drinking should be prevented by any means to prevent the development of alcohol dependence in adulthood”. Therefore, educating youngsters on the perils of over using alcohol, needs to be done right from the get-go, at an early age, of say, 12 years old.

College Alcohol  Consumption & Abuse

College alcoholism affects millions of students around the country yearly

Students are exposed to binge drinking the most, during the first 6 weeks of their freshman year. [Indeed], 7.50% of the college students who drink, also binge drink. The latter relates to drinking large quantities of alcohol in quick succession. The facts indicate that from the 80% of students who consume alcohol at college, 50% of them drink way too much. This is mainly due to the large number of parties that college students attend.

The alcohol abuse facts show that some students start drinking on the first day of school, presumably as a result of peer pressure. In this case, students will keep drinking throughout their college careers without thinking about the consequences”. It is extremely doubtful that many of them even consider the long-term damage that may do to themselves. Not to mention the mental and physical impacts that reliance on alcohol could have on themselves and those around them, later in life. Indeed, according to a study conducted by Ohio University: “almost 150,000 college students develop an alcohol-related health problem each year. This is a direct result of heavy drinking. The complications vary and may include high blood pressure, pancreas inflammation, or liver damage.

Shirley Amy

Shirley Amy is a Holistic Health Specialist and professional writer who's published 4 books. Her  interests include optimum wellness, mental health, fitness, and positive lifestyle change. She holds University and College qualifications in the fields of Health Science, Nutrition, Mental Health, Fitness, Holistic Therapy and Aromatherapy.

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