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Alcohol addiction is a severe condition that plagues millions of people throughout the United States.

The high number of Alcoholics Anonymous members does not reflect the total number of people addicted to alcohol, as many people live their lives in a perpetual state of denial or die before seeking treatment.

The National Institute on Drug Addiction conducts periodic studies to collect information on the magnitude of alcohol addiction throughout the country. Recent published statistics and trends from the National Institute on Drug Abuse include:

  • In 2008, 52.6 percent of Americans ages 12 and older had ingested alcohol at least once in the month prior to being surveyed.
  • Within the same survey, roughly a quarter of the participants admitted to having binged – i.e., consumed five or more beers within a two-hour period – 30 days prior to being surveyed.
  • In 2009, The NIDA-funded Monitoring the Future Study reflected the disconcerting number of teens using drugs; 28.8 percent of high school sophomores admitted to consuming at least one alcoholic beverage in the 30 days leading up to being surveyed, and 27.6 percent of senior high school respondents admitted to being drunk within that time frame.

Workplace-related statistics on alcohol addiction from the National Institute on Drug Abuse state:

  • Nearly large-9 columnss of all alcohol abusers and alcoholics are currently employed.
  • For employees suffering from a substance abuse problem, they are at a higher risk to frequently change jobs, exhibit decreased output and productivity as compared to non-alcoholic coworkers, fail to be punctual for work-related endeavors, be involved in a recordable injury while working and file a worker’s compensation claim against their employer.
  • Companies with a drug-free workplace policy qualify for special incentives, such as decreased costs for worker’s compensation claims and qualification for certain kinds of insurance.

Statistics from the Drug Abuse Warning Network:

  • In 2006, over 13 percent of drug-related emergency department visits by minors were a result of alcohol, either on its own or after being combined with other substances. These figures do not reflect the total number of alcohol-related emergency room visits, as the survey does not account for visits as a result of alcohol use in adults.
  • Individuals are often sent to the emergency department of their local hospital for emergency services as a result of a negative reaction from alcohol and one or more additional drugs. The most common drugs associated with alcohol abuse re:
      Cocaine (101,588 visits)
      Marijuana (41,653 visits)
      Cocaine and marijuana (21,241 visits)
      Heroin (14,958 visits)

Statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

  • In 2006, 23.6 million individuals aged 12 or older fit the criteria for having a substance abuse problem.
  • Substance abuse treatment referrals for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions increased in males between the ages of 12 and 40 and increased in women under the age of 50.
  • In 2008, statistics translate into an average alcohol-related car crash fatality occurring once every 38 minutes. Throughout the same year, 1.5 million arrests were made by law officials with DUI charges.
  • Of the 23.6 million alcohol abuse victims, a mere 2.5 million of those victims sought treatment for the condition at an alcohol rehabilitation facility.
  • SAMHSA’s reports also draw on data from their Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), which recorded 1.8 million treatment admissions for alcoholism in 2006, accounting for all facilities that report to state administrative data systems. Thus, the total number of treatment admissions may actually be greater.
  • The majority of individuals admitted to treatment programs for the purposes of alcohol recovery fell into the age group of 20 to 24 year olds, while the next age group most commonly admitted for treatment was 25 to 29 years old.

Statistics from the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) Report:

  • In 2008, nearly large-8 columnss of addiction treatment facilities accepted one or more health insurance provider payments as the entirety, or supplemental portion, of patient payment terms
  • Treatment centers specializing in Dual Diagnosis patients (i.e., substance abusers with a co-occurring mental illness) were more likely to accept private health insurance as a payment option, as compared to rehabilitation facilities with a sole focus on substance abuse treatment.

In terms of the latter, this makes sense from a logical perspective. Of course, alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities that also specialize in treating the mental health of patients are going to garner more support from the medical communities, subsequently bolstering the chances of connecting with health insurance companies. As the mental health of patients is portrayed in a medical light, the treatment options are often covered by insurance programs, whereas facilities solely dealing in alcoholism detox are less likely to garner support from health insurance providers.

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