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Alcohol Use Disorder Statistics
Over 3 million people die globally from alcohol use disorder each year. Nearly 141,000 of them are Americans. That averages out to 385 Americans a day dying from alcohol.
It’s estimated that 1-in-10 Americans over the age of 12 is suffering from an alcohol use disorder, which accounts for roughly 14 million adults over the age of 18 in America.
The World Health Organization (WHO) discovered that alcoholism is the cause of 7.1% of disease among men and 2.2% in women. This means that men are 3 times as likely to die as a result of alcohol misuse.
Alcohol use disorder is a serious concern and causes harmful effects if someone engages in long-term abuse. If you believe that you or someone you love is displaying troubling patterns of alcohol use, getting help is the best possible thing you can do.
What are the Warning Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder?
Alcohol abuse is a serious problem that can have negative physical, psychological, and social consequences. Some warning signs of developing alcohol abuse include the following:
- Increased alcohol tolerance
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Consuming alcohol in hazardous situations (such as driving)
- Neglecting important responsibilities
- Unsuccessful attempts to cut down or quit
- Changes in behavior
- Legal problems
- Relationship issues with loved ones
- Financial difficulties
It is important to seek help if you are experiencing any of these warning signs, as alcohol abuse can lead to serious health problems and have a detrimental impact on your quality of life. There are many resources available to help individuals overcome alcohol abuse and lead a healthier, happier life.
What Risks are Associated with Alcohol Use Disorder?
Common risks of alcoholism include the following:
- Increased risk of liver disease, including fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis.
- Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.
- Higher likelihood of developing mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
- Can lead to cognitive impairment and memory loss.
- Often results in social and behavioral problems.
- Interpersonal relationships may suffer, leading to possible family conflict, divorce, and job loss.
- Carries legal consequences, including DUIs and disorderly conduct.
- May lead to financial instability due to the high cost of alcohol and legal fees.
The amount and length of time someone continues to drink alcohol will determine the severity of the consequences. Individuals who engage in long-term alcohol abuse typically develop the more severe problems like liver disease, stroke, or cancer.
How Can I Talk to Someone About Their Alcohol Use?
If you are concerned about someone’s alcohol use, it can be challenging to know how to approach the situation. Here are some tips on how to talk to someone about their alcohol use:
- Choose the right time: Pick a moment where they are sober and not stressed or upset. It is also important to make sure you have enough time to discuss the issue fully.
- Be compassionate: Show that you care and are concerned about their health and well-being. Use “I” statements, and avoid accusing or blaming language.
- Give specific examples: Instead of speaking in generalities, provide specific examples of how their alcohol use has affected you or others.
- Listen: Give the person a chance to speak and listen to what they have to say. Avoid interrupting or becoming defensive.
- Express your intentions: Let the person know that you are not trying to judge or control them, but instead are worried about their safety and health.
- Offer resources: Suggest resources that can help, such as support groups or rehab programs.
Remember, it’s ultimately up to the person to make the decision to seek help. However, reaching out and showing that you care can make a difference in their decision-making process.
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Dr. Beth Dunlap, a board-certified addiction medicine and family medicine physician, and is the medical director at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. She is responsible for overseeing all the integrated medical services at both campuses. Beth completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at Northwestern University, where she continues to serve on the faculty as a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has extensive experience in addiction medicine at all levels of care, and her clinical interests include integrated primary care and addiction medicine, harm reduction, and medication-assisted treatment.