Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Ancient beverage based condition that, for some, becomes a go-to source for relief to problems as well as for fun and relaxation, with intense and prolonged use liable to spoil physical and mental health, relationships and social status, and endanger self and third party’s life and property.

Statistics on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction 1

  • Worldwide, about 300m people suffer from AUD causing 1 in 20 deaths.
  • Every day, about 30 Americans die in drunken driving accidents, while six succumb to alcohol poisoning.
  • Yearly, about 88,000 Americans suffer alcohol related death.
  • Of the 6% American adults (15 m) with AUD, only 7% of them ever receive treatment.
  • Men between the ages of 18 and 25 are most likely to binge drink and become alcoholics.
  • 2017: About 2.3m Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 and another 2.4m between the ages of 18 and 25 started to drink alcohol
  • In 2018, a historically-low percentage of American HS students reported drinking alcohol. 2018: Only 18% of 10th graders & 30% of 12th graders. In 2013: 25% of 10th graders and 39% of 12th graders.

Breakdown of AUD Incidence and Treatment Pursued 2

  • 15.1 million Adults ages 18 and older (6.2% of this age group) had AUD.
  • About 6.7% of them received treatment.
  • Estimated 623,000 adolescents of ages 12–17 (2.5% of this age group) had AUD.
  • About 5.2% of them received treatment.

Binge VS Heavy Drinking 3

  • Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men—in about 2 hours.
  • 2015: 26.9 % of those 18 or older reported engaging in binge drinking in the past month.
  • SAMHSA 4 defines heavy alcohol use as binge drinking on 5 or more days in the past month.
  • 2015: 7.0 % of those 18 or older reported heavy alcohol use in the past month

Family and Economic Burden

  • 2012 study: More than 10% of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems.
  • 2010, US: Alcohol misuse cost the country $249.0 billion.
  • 2000, US estimate: 88,000 deaths from AUD (men to women, 62,000:26,000) – 3rd leading cause of PD 5.
  • 2014: 9,967 deaths due to alcohol-impaired driving (31% of overall driving deaths).

Source :
2 NSDUH – National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2015 Survey;
3 NIAAA – National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism;
4 SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration;
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