According to a recent CDC (Center for Disease Control) statistics alert on alcoholism, “Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths…each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years” they also concluded, “Further, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2010 were estimated at $249 billion”. We haven’t seen this level of alcoholism related deaths in over 3 decades.
Long-Term Health Risks
According to the CDC long term health risks from alcoholic and excessive drinking include:
- High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.
- Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon.
- Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance.
- Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
- Social problems, including lost productivity, family problems, and unemployment.
- Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism
While much of the recent focus has been on opiod and opiate overdoses and deaths, in 2014, more people died from alcohol-induced causes (30,722) than from overdoses of prescription painkillers and heroin combined (28,647). While about one third of Americans don’t drink at all, close to 10 percent (24 million) consume about 10 drinks a day.
Clearly alcoholism is a national crisis.
We need better access to treatment and counseling and early intervention methods before we can stem the tide of needless alcoholism related deaths and lives destroyed.
See our special report on Alcoholism Treatment.
Help for alcoholism is available
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