Alcohol Abuse

header-alcoholAlcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States.

  • Hosting underage drinking in your home is illegal. Know the law!
  • One in every 12 adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence. Several million more engage in risky drinking patterns (e.g., binge drinking). (NCADD)
  • More than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.(NCADD)  
  • Excessive alcohol consumption cost the U.S. $224 Billion in 2006, mostly due to binge drinking. (CDC)


Risk Factors 

Teens that start drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than someone who waits until they are 21. (CESAR)

More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking. (NCADD)

  • Steady drinking over time: Drinking too much on a regular basis for an extended period.
  • Age: Drinking at an early age.
  • Gender: Men are more likely to become dependent on alcohol; however, women are at greater risk of developing certain complications (e.g., liver disease).
  • Family history: Having a parent who abused alcohol.
  • Mental health: Having a mental health disorder (e.g., anxiety or depression).
  • Other factors: Having a partner



Alcohol abuse can lead to:

  • Financial, legal, work, school, and relationship problems
  • Violence (e.g., child/spouse abuse, homicide)
  • Accidents (e.g., vehicle crashes, falls, drowning, burns and firearm injuries)
  • Alcoholism
  • Liver disease; cardiovascular disease; gastrointestinal problems; cancers
  • Depression, anxiety, and suicide
  • Dementia, disability, and death