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What is Alcohol Misuse?
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that alcohol is the most frequently misused and misused substance in America.
However, those who misuse alcohol do not need to be dependent or addicted to it. A person can abuse alcohol but not drink on a regular basis. An individual may drink alcohol once per week, but not enough to be considered a misuser. But, if they drink, they can put themselves in dangerous situations or drink enough alcohol to cause problems.
Addiction refers to a chronic condition that is uncontrolled and continues to use substances, despite the dangers. Alcohol addiction is often diagnosed as an alcohol use disorder (AUD) and can also lead to a dependence on alcohol.
There are many factors that can influence the effects of alcohol on people. These include their age, health, family history, how much they drink, and how often they drink.
Alcohol Addiction Statistics
Americans misuse and abuse alcohol more than any other substance, as mentioned. In 2020, half of those aged 12 and older (13.8 million) had drank alcohol during the month. This age group also includes 10.2 percent (or 28.3 millions) who had an alcohol-related disorder in the past year.
The 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 61.6 million of the 138.5 Million people who used alcohol in the last month were binge drinkers and 17.7 millions were heavy drinkers.
- 31.4% of these were young adults between 18 and 25 years old.
- 22.9% of respondents were aged 26 years or older
- 4.1% of the respondents were 12-17-year-old adolescents.
High-intensity drinking is defined as alcohol consumption at levels two to three times the binge drinking threshold based on gender. Individuals who binge drank were 70 times more likely than those who didn't to go to the emergency room for alcohol-related reasons.
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