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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Statistics: What You Need to Know

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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ImageDo you have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol? While it is easy to believe you are alone, there are many others throughout the world who are suffering with the same issue.

Regardless of how bad your substance abuse has become, there is always help to be had. Those who check into a reputable rehab facility can quickly find themselves on the right track to a better future.

For a clear idea of just how widespread drug and alcohol abuse has become, let’s take a closer look at some key statistics.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 23 million people required treatment for a drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009.

Note: of these people, only 11.2 percent received assistance at a specialty rehab facility.

With each passing year, drug and alcohol abuse continues to develop in the United States. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that approximately 2.1 million emergency room visits in 2009 were related to drug abuse.

Alcohol Abuse Statistics

Many believe that alcohol abuse is not nearly as big a problem as drug addiction. However, this is not true. Alcohol abuse is one of the costliest problems in the United States, with recent studies showing that roughly 53 percent of adults in the country have reported that one or more relatives has an alcohol problem.

  • Did you know that approximately 50,000 people overdose on alcohol every year?
  • In 2009 alone, more than 30 million people age 12 or older admitted to driving under the influence at least once.

With these drug and alcohol abuse statistics in mind, you should better understand that this has become a major problem throughout the United States.

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