The statistics of alcoholism

Drinking too much is a serious problem that harms millions of people and destroys many families.  It causes disease, crime, and death. Alcohol leads to violence and accidents, interrupts education and interferes with work. Standing by while others take to much alcohol damages your health and reputation.

Drinking habits vary across the globe, but drinking too much is a universal problem. Alcohol consumption has been linked to an increase in disease, violence and losses in personal productivity as well as economic and social welfare losses.


In the UK, people drink from early in the evenings, primarily on weekends after finishing work.  This can be both on Friday and Saturday night and even creep into a daytime session on Sunday.

The US drinking habits are similar to the UK, many people are in employement and enjoy winding down on the weekend with a few drinks with friends, but when does it go too far?

In Vietnam for example, the drinking culture is centered around the ‘Bia Hois’ for the local men.  Extremely low cost beer which is brewed quickly and available for less than 20c a glass.  The beers is fairly low in alcohol as well (3 to 4 percent ABV), so its not easy to get drunk unless you put your mind to it.An alcoholic drinks excessively.  When people drink too much they change. They change so much that it's almost impossible to relate to them as their former selves. But even in their changed state, alcoholics are recognizable. The changes seem to gather into identifiable patterns. 

Only 10 percent of U.S. adults who drink too much are classed as alcoholics

Having one in 10 heavy drinkers classed as an alcoholic in your circle of family and might be a shocking thought. Surprisingly only 10 percent of these excessive drinkers are alcoholics. The rest of the 90 percent drink excessively for different reasons. This statistic will help you see how many of these excessive drinkers are not alcoholics and perhaps seek help, while knowing who is and guide them to counselling.

29 million people in the UK population drink alcohol

The the UK Government is against people drinking any alcohol before the age of 18, 29 million does mean that a large proportion of the adult population is actually drinking on a regular basis.  The UK population at the time of writing this article is 66 million, so take into consideration that 21% are under the legal drinking age.

Consumption increase of alcohol per capita brings about an increase in the divorce rate

An increase in the consumption of alcohol per capita brings about an increase in the divorce rate of about 20%. This can happen for different reasons. First of all, when two people have been together for a long time they are most susceptible for divorce since there can often be a breakdown in communication and therefore they have to rely more on alcohol. 56 percent of divorces in the U.S. are attributed to expose to alcoholism.

3 million deaths, or 5.3 percent of all global deaths (7.7 percent for men and 2.6 percent for women), were attributable to alcohol consumption

Alcohol consumption was also associated with an increased risk of cancer at several sites, including oral cavity and pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, breast, and liver. The estimated percentage of cancers attributable to alcohol consumption will increase as the world population ages.

Alcohol is a risk factor for more than 200 health conditions. With approximately 3 million deaths attributable to alcohol each year, the harmful use of alcohol causes considerable suffering. It also results in significant social and economic losses – both for individuals and their families, and for countries.

Service workers, like servers, bartenders, chefs and restaurant managers, have some of the highest rates of alcohol abuse

Individuals in their early to mid-twenties are the most likely to abuse alcohol and suffer from alcohol use disorders.  A lot of these individuals are still studying at university and need to find casual work in order to pay for tuition fees and bills.  So many of the jobs they get are in the service industry such as waiters and bar staff.  This in turn can lead to late nights and after hours drinking and sleeping in all day.

Having a job in the service industry can be pretty stressful. The hours are long, there's a lot of interpersonal interaction, so it can be pretty hard on our stress levels. Lots of people who take up jobs in the service industry quit within the first year or two which leads to a high turnover, but, if they just toughed it out, a coping mechanism may well be winding down with drinks, or accepting drinks from customers.

Binging  on alcohol one or two nights a week is now more or less normalised

It's become normal to binge on alcohol one or two nights a week, especially at weekends. If you do this you are putting yourself at serious risk of ill-health. There are any number of easy ways to check how much your drinking is affecting your health. Just search for 'alcohol calculator' or 'alcohol monitoring tool' on the internet and see what kind of information you find about yourself.  The results may shock you, but its important to know if you are drinking more than you should do.

Native Americans have the highest prevalence of heavy drinking

Bottom line: Native Americans have the highest prevalence of heavy drinking. With two out of three Natives reporting binge drinking in the past month, they are nearly twice as likely to binge drink than the general American population

Alcohol use is a pervasive problem on Native American reservations. Two out of three Native Americans report binge drinking in the past month, and young adults ages 18–25 are particularly at risk

The per capita alcohol consumption in New Hampshire is the highest in the United States

The state of New Hampshire has a long history with alcohol. Alcohol is frequently consumed to excess at New Hampshire parties, as well as at the bars. Excessive drinking may be because of the number of students in colleges and high schools who drink while they are underage to be able to attend parties, or it may just be from visitors that come into the state from the surrounding states throughout New England.

Men are more likely to drink excessively than women

Men are more likely to drink more alcohol than women. It's the findings of an Australian study that looked at the lifestyles and habits of 3,800 men and women aged 30-49 years. Compared with women, men were almost one and a half times more likely to drink frequently and excessively, and nearly five times as likely to drive when they had been drinking. 

Genetics do have some play in becoming addicted to alcohol

Genetics do have some play in becoming addicted to alcohol. Your "genes" are what controls your body's ability to breakdown Alcohol. Your intake of Alcoholcan be harder for you to break down if you are smaller than the average person. You can be a very light drinker, but since you have a hard time breaking down alcohol you have a higher chance of becoming addicted as the body will have less time to be completley alcohol free.