Did you know that alcohol abuse lead to 25,692 in 2010 in the U.S.? Alcohol is dangerous because it ruins one’s health and makes accidents more likely to happen, especially because of drunk driving.
Alcohol consumption in itself is not dangerous as long as one does not become dependent on it. It is estimated that there currently are 12 millions alcoholics in the U.S., which makes alcoholism the most common substance abuse problem. This means that 6% of the adult population can be considered as alcoholics.
Alcohol is also a problem among teenagers, with about 7 millions of people between the ages of 12 and 20 being binge drinkers. These statistics on alcohol clearly indicate that there is a large number of alcoholics in the U.S. but they do not underline the fact that alcohol consumption is a common thing among youth and adults alike, even though only a small percentage of the population can be considered as alcoholic. Alcohol is very easy to obtain and drinking is more of a socially acceptable behavior than doing drugs, which contributes to drinking problems being so common.
Alcohol addiction can be treated. There are several options, including medication, therapy and even rehab centers. Getting over a drinking problem is very difficult since the patient often has to completely rebuild their lives. An alcoholic usually spends most of their time and resources on obtaining more alcohol and gradually becomes isolated from friends and family. This is why a lot of alcoholics simply do not get the help they need or hide their drinking habit from their loved ones out of shame instead of asking for help.
Alcoholism is a real problem in the U.S. but thousands of people manage to recover every year. If you know someone who suffers from alcoholism or have a drinking problem yourself, the best thing you can do is get some help.