Problems with alcohol are not uncommon. It’s extremely unfortunate because problems with alcohol can be extremely devastating, leading to serious relationship problems, health problems, and legal difficulties. Because of this, April is Alcohol Awareness Month. April is dedicated to helping spread awareness about prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of alcohol-related issues.
Facts About Alcohol
As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, the following are just a few facts that everyone should know about alcohol:
- Almost 88,000 people die in the U.S. every year from causes related to alcohol.
- Alcohol is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the country.
- Thirty-one percent of all driving fatalities in 2014 were alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.
- Roughly 45 percent of all liver disease deaths in 2013 involved alcohol.
- In 2009, almost one-third of all liver transplants in the U.S. were a result of alcohol-related liver diseases.
- Around 47 percent of all cirrhosis deaths in 2013 involved alcohol.
- Consuming alcohol will increase the risk of developing cancer, including mouth cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, esophagus cancer, larynx cancer and pharynx cancer.
- According to a study performed in 2012, around ten percent of all children in the U.S. are living with a parent that has alcohol problems.
- Alcohol misuse in 2010 as a whole cost the U.S. roughly $249 billion.
- Almost 75 percent of the country’s total cost of alcohol misuse can be attributed to binge drinking.
Alcohol misuse is responsible for all kinds of problems, which means it’s important to be able to identify whether it’s a problem you have or a problem a friend or family member has. This is because people with alcohol problems can be treated before they cause serious damage to their health, their finances or to the relationships in their life.
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