There is a stark contrast in America when it comes to alcohol. On the one hand, alcohol is a substance that’s served at parties and social gatherings of all kinds. Alcohol is widely accepted and embraced by society despite the dangers it brings. Because of the fact that alcohol can change one’s mood, perception, and judgment is the reason people both love and hate it. People love alcohol because it can put you in a good mood, make you more social, and lower inhibitions. On the other hand, alcohol can also be the cause of car accidents, contribute to crime, or be the reason for a person’s visit to the emergency room. One of the ways to help reduce the ill effects of alcohol is to educate the public about it. This article will provide some facts about the substance so that you can decide for yourself whether you want to drink or not.
Alcohol is one of the most addictive substances in the United States and around the world. There are 17.6 million Americans who suffer from alcoholism, which equates to about 1 on every 12 adults. Alongside this, there are several million men and women who binge drink and engage in other risky drinking patterns that could lead to alcoholism or other forms of harm. Here are additional facts about alcohol and addiction:
- –More than half of all American adults have a family history of alcoholism.
- –Over 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is struggling with an addiction to alcohol.
- –Annually, over 88,000 deaths are related to excessive alcohol use.
- –Alcoholism is the 3rd leading cause of death in the country.
- –Approximately 40% of hospital beds in the United States (not including those used for pregnant women) are used to treat health conditions related to alcohol use.
- –Excessive alcohol use leads to all forms of health problems including cardiovascular disease, mental illness such as depression and anxiety, injury, liver disease, and gastrointestinal problems such as pancreatitis.
- –Regular alcohol use can cause damage to one’s emotional stability, finances, career, family life, friendships, and community involvement.
- –Drinking alcohol excessively on a regular basis is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost every year. Furthermore, about 30 years of potential life is lost for each person who struggles with alcoholism.
These are some facts to consider about the damage that alcohol can cause. Yes, the substance can be fun and make a social gathering livelier. But this may not be worth the costs that come with too much drinking. Sadly, some men and women who have considered participating in recovery from alcohol addiction decide not to get help because they feel that life would be boring without the ability to drink.
Yet, when a person experiences first-hand the loss of a friend due to alcoholism, an alcohol-related car accident, or liver disease, they may be more willing to consider putting an end to their drinking, regardless of how boring may be without alcohol.
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