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Facts About Alcoholism

Facts About Alcoholism

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Want to read some mind-blowing facts about alcohol? The information may surprise you, but from fun facts about alcohol to serious facts about alcoholics, you may find these points interesting or helpful if you are a drinker. Alcohol is a socially accepted drug. Many people do not look at the risks attached to drinking since, once of age, it’s easily accessible and usually offered at every event. Keep reading to learn facts about alcoholism and more.  

What Percentage of Americans Drink Alcohol?  

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a clinical diagnosis of alcoholism, and the NSDUH (National Survey of Drug Use and Health) estimated that 14.5 million people ages 12 and older had an AUD in 2019. Unfortunately, underage chronic drinking is a major public health concern in the United States. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), it is the cause of death in 3,500 people under the legal drinking age. 

Typically women are more likely to binge drink than men. However, males are more likely to consume much more alcohol overall than females. Men drink nearly three times as much as women regarding pure alcohol consumption. Although, a man’s average go-to drink is beer. Since the start of COVID, AUD reports have increased and are still very high in the charts today.  

Alcoholism & Binge Drinking Statistics  

Binge drinking is when a person consumes a high amount of alcohol in a short period of time, usually over their limit within two hours of drinking. In 2019, 35.8% of people ages 18 and older reported that they regularly engage in binge drinking. Three-quarters of the total cost of alcohol misuse is associated with binge drinking. Eventually, binge drinking can lead to alcoholism disorder. Therefore, alcohol addiction treatment is highly advised.  

Regarding alcohol-related incidents, 140,557 Americans die from the effects of alcohol each year, and every day, around 32 people die in drunk-driving crashes, which is one person every 45 minutes.2 Each year, the number of people who have died from these incidents has increased.  

Facts about alcoholism regarding the family are extremely concerning since 9.3 percent of single fathers and 6.3 percent of single mothers are alcoholics. In addition, among children living with parents who are physically dependent on drugs, over 80 percent abuse alcohol.2 When a child witnesses a parent abusing drugs like alcohol at a young age, they are likely to experiment or use the substance as a coping mechanism to deal with depressive emotions.  

Fun Facts About Alcohol  

After reading the deep facts about alcohol abuse, here are some less intense details that may interest you. Did you know that slugs are attracted to beer because they smell the fermentation of the fruit? Wild! Here are some more alcohol-related facts:  

  • During the prohibition, doctors would prescribe beer that cost three to four dollars, which is around fifty dollars today.  
  • Smirnoff, a vodka, was marketed as a “white whisky” because, at the time, whisky was at its prime.  
  • There is a beer that is made from fermented bananas. 
  • Smoking and drinking heighten the effects of the substances, and the high from marijuana doubles.  
  • Hennesy’s largest consumer was Kim-Jong il, in North Korea, who spent over $800,000 a year on cognac.  
  • “Milkshake” was once referred to as alcoholic eggnog that was made from eggs and whiskey.  
  • Alcohol is not digested, but it does go straight into your bloodstream to your intestines. 
  • The original beer brewers were women.  
  • Beer is the most popular alcohol in the world.  

After reading facts about alcoholism and fun facts about alcohol, what are your thoughts on drinking? There are so many forms of alcohol at all different concentrations. From alcopops to hard liquor, many people are hooked on the effects of a strong drink.  

Alcoholism Recovery at the Chicago Addiction Treatment Center  

At Banyan Treatment Centers Chicago, we value the lives of people. Our goal is to help individuals from all walks of life to recover from substance abuse, learn skills that will prevent relapse, and live a better life. We offer unique programs like our 12-step Christian program, art therapy, and addiction groups. You can work with professionals who will design a treatment plan that best fits your needs and ensures an effective and safe detox and recovery process.  

Don’t wait to get back on track by speaking with a specialist at our Chicago rehab by calling 888-280-4763 now. Ask about our residential treatment to get started today! 


Related Readings:  

Why Is Alcohol Addictive?  

Does Alcohol Make You Depressed? 




  1. Alcohol Facts and Statistics | National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (nih.gov)  
  1. Alcohol Abuse Statistics [2022]: National + State Data - NCDAS (drugabusestatistics.org) 
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.