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Adverse Reactions to Alcohol – Statistics

Later this week I will publish a second article on alcohol titled: “Alcohol – A Dangerous Addictive Drug (Part 2).” Below are a few statistics to show just how dangerous the consumption of alcohol is.

  • 25% of all emergency room admissions, 33% of all suicides, and more than 50% of all homicides and incidents of domestic violence are alcohol related.
  • Forty percent of ninth-grade students reported having consumed alcohol before they were age 13.
  • Teens under 15 who have ever consumed alcohol are twice as likely to have sex as those who have not.
  • More than 40 percent of individuals who start drinking before the age of 13 will develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence.
  • Underage drinking costs the United States more than $58 billion every year.
  • Among drivers aged 15 – 20, fatal crashes involving a single vehicle at night are three times more likely among those consuming alcohol.
  • According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, there are 105,000 annual alcohol related deaths due to drunk drivers.
  • Beer is the drink most commonly consumed by people stopped for alcohol-impaired driving or involved in alcohol-related crashes.
  • One in every 130 licensed drivers in the United States has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • In one study, almost one-fourth of ninth graders reported binge drinking (having had five or more drinks on one occasion) in the month.
  • Sixty-seven percent of eighth graders and 83 percent of 10th graders say that alcohol is readily available to them for consumption.
  • 3 million Americans over the age of 60 are alcohol-dependent
  • 20% of the people who drink heavily eventually develop cirrhosis of the liver.
  • In the United States the correlation between the battering of women and alcohol is staggering.
  • More than 40% of separated or divorced women were married to or lived with a problem drinker.
  • Up to 40 percent of industrial fatalities and 47 percent of industrial injuries can be linked to alcohol consumption.
  • In 1995, there were 51,737 federal prisoners and 224,900 state prisoners who were incarcerated because of alcohol or drug abuse.
  • One hundred thousand Americans die of alcohol problems each year.
  • Current cost of alcohol abuse in America is over $150 BILLION annually.


  1. Ron2010 July 13, 2010

    “More than 40% of separated or divorced women were married to or lived with a problem drinker.”

    I find this a rather sexist remark! What about the separated or divorced men that were married to a problem drinker. Check and see how many women are in a recovery program. Lets level the playing field.

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