Outpatient Alcohol Treatment Statistics

statisticsThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that about 18 million Americans are living with an active alcohol abuse issue or are dependent upon alcohol. They also report that because so many Americans can drink alcohol in moderation, many alcohol abusers don’t realize that they have a problem with drinking.

The fact is that alcohol is a killer. It isn’t necessary to drink copious amounts of alcohol or stay drunk every day to develop alcohol-related diseases. Many increase their risk of developing chronic ailments like diabetes, cirrhosis, liver and kidney failure, and certain cancers when they binge drink or drink a few glasses of alcohol every day without getting drunk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that, in 2010, almost 16,000 Americans lost their lives due to alcohol-related liver diseases and more than 25,000 Americans died due to alcohol-related deaths, excluding homicides and accidents caused by driving under the influence.

Are you putting your life at risk? Call the number listed above and speak to an admissions coordinator about your experience with alcohol and what type of program will best assist you in getting control of the problem.

Alcohol Intake: Where Do You Stand?

The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Addiction says that a standard drink equals the following:

  • 5 ounces of wine (five servings per 750 ml wine bottle)
  • 12 ounces of beer (one can or bottle)
  • 1.5 ounces of liquor (a shot glass filled to the line, not the rim)

Drinking more than one of any of the above per day is not recommended for women due to health complications that can occur; for men, the recommendation is no more than two. Women who drink more than three drinks per day and men who drink more than four drinks per day more than three times per week are considered to be “heavy drinkers.” Additionally, binge drinking is defined as drinking four or more of the drinks listed above in a sitting for women and five or more for men. Heavy drinking and binge drinking are both considered to be problematic drinking, and if either of these are coupled with getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, the risk of catastrophe increases exponentially – as does the need for immediate treatment.

Can You Stop Alone?

The biggest measure of whether or not you need alcohol treatment is whether or not you can stop drinking on your own. If you have promised yourself or a loved one repeatedly that you wouldn’t drink anymore or that you would limit your alcohol intake in some arbitrary way (e.g., only drink on the weekends or after 5 pm or on vacation, etc.) and you have been unable to fulfill that promise, then alcohol treatment may be the best choice for you.

Alcohol Treatment Can Help You Change Your Life

Alcohol has been the number one drug of choice among Americans for decades, but it no longer stands alone. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that 40 percent of treatment centers say that alcohol-drug combinations are by far the most common experience of their patients over a single drug dependence or dependence upon alcohol alone.

Whether or not alcohol is your sole drug of choice, we can help you start in an outpatient treatment program that can guide you to put down the bottle and pick up sobriety. Call now for more information.