Alcoholism Drug Addiction Statistics

Alcoholism drug statisticsDrug abuse and alcoholism are major problems in this country. The abuse of drugs and alcohol can have severe consequences, including a negative impact on your health.

To understand how serious addiction is, it is important for you to learn some of the facts and statistics surrounding drug and alcohol addictions in the United States.

Important Drug Addiction Statistics

The statistics outlined below will help you recognize just how serious drug addiction and alcoholism are. These conditions tend to take a major toll on those guilty of substance abuse, as well as those around them.

  • The National Survey on Drug Use and Health states that in the US, 20 million people (or more) over the age of 12 are currently using a drug illegally.
  • Marijuana is among the most popular drug abused — 15 million out of the 20 million mentioned above are currently using this drug. Over 10 percent of the population has tried it as well, even if they’re not currently using it.
  • Six million people abuse sedatives, tranquilizers, antidepressants and anti-psychotics.
  • Drug use can have fatal consequences. Overdoses are a direct cause of fatality in those using drugs, while indirect causes like traffic accidents are also responsible.
  • Over 500,000 emergency room visits occur as a result of drug abuse.
  • As many drugs contribute to violent tendencies, around 75 percent of domestic violence cases occur while under the influence of drugs.

These statistics should begin to open your eyes to how serious a drug addiction can be. It’s also important not to forget the impact of alcohol.

Important Alcohol Addiction Statistics

Forty-three percent of the population has a family member who is an alcoholic — about 76 million Americans are therefore affected by alcohol abuse.

  • While it is often believed that drugs affect a younger group of people, alcoholism is the opposite. There are more than three million Americans over the age of 60 who are considered alcoholics.
  • There are more than six million children living with alcoholic parents and more than a quarter of US children will witness alcoholism from a family member before they turn age 18.
  • More than eight million adults of legal drinking age are alcoholics.  Just under 14 million US adults in total abuse alcohol, and over eight million are diagnosable alcoholics.
  • Alcoholics may try to stop the cycle of addiction themselves, but one in five can die from withdrawal-related complications.
  • There’s a genetic component of alcoholism; 40 percent of individuals with alcoholism have a family member who has a history with it.

Finding Help for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Alcohol and drug addictions are on the rise and treatment is essential. If you or someone you love is affected by drug or alcohol addiction, call us. We can get you the help you need to avoid becoming a statistic.