Statistics About Alcoholism
Alcohol is a major part of American culture. In spite of the fact that “social drinking” is deeply entrenched in societal standards, and in spite of the fact that the majority of social gatherings and major events revolve around beer, wine and liquor, there are a great number of individuals who cannot safely consume even one adult beverage without triggering what Alcoholics Anonymous calls an “allergy to alcohol” — an uncontrollable physical craving and obsession of the mind caused by a genetic predisposition to alcoholism.
This fact, however, doesn’t make drinking any less prevalent. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 85.6 percent of American adults over the age of 18 reported consuming alcohol at least once in their lives, 25.8 percent of men and women over the age of 18 reported binge drinking at least once within the past month in the year 2019, and 14.5 million adults over the age of 12 suffered from a diagnosable alcohol use disorder during the same year.