What You Should Know About Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction is far more common and dangerous than most people realize. Many people do not consider alcohol to be dangerous because it is legal, but alcohol is said to be one of the most deadly substances in the country. There are more alcohol related deaths than any other substance. Alcohol related deaths are the third highest nationwide. According to the CDC annually there are more than 88,000 deaths attributed to excessive alcohol use. For alcoholics and addicts, alcohol can be one of the most deadly substances.
In 2014 it was reported by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism that 16.3 million adults ages 18 and older had an alcohol use disorder. This statistic includes 10.6 million men and 5.7 million women. In the United States, 21% of adults report having had 5 drinks in one day at least once in the past year.
College age students are also at a high risk for developing alcohol addiction. It's estimated that there are 1,825 alcohol related deaths each year for college students between the ages of 18 and 24. Approximately 20% of college students meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder.
More people receive treatment for alcohol than any other substance. In 2009 an estimated 23.5 million individuals ages 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem. Alcohol is an especially difficult addiction because often times those suffering from alcohol addiction are either unable or unwilling to admit that they have a drinking problem. It is extremely important to get an alcoholic the help that they need immediately.
If you or someone you know is suffering from alcohol addiction, please contact Silicon Beach Outpatient Center today at 310.846.8215. Our intensive outpatient and outpatient programs for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders provide clients seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction with the treatment and support that they need. Clients participating in our program receive therapy along with additional treatments including trauma support, relapse prevention, yoga, mindfulness meditation, transportation, and more.