Alcoholism is an internationally widespread disease that affects society as a whole. Over 50% of American adults age 18 years and older are current, regular drinkers. There are over 16 million adults and nearly 700,000 adolescents who meet the benchmark for alcohol use disorder. Of these two figures, roughly 1.3 million adults, and an estimated 37,000 adolescents received treatment for an alcohol problem.
One in six Americans binge drink. It is a safe assumption that alcoholism could become a problem within a society where drinking is widely accepted, and even encouraged. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found a positive relationship between alcohol dependence and binge drinking frequency. Even though a person may not be a daily drinker, binge drinking may be indicative of a more serious alcohol problem.
Annually, an estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes, placing alcohol in the top five leading causes of preventable death in the United States. Drinking is a socially acceptable behavior, yet the problems it creates aren’t discussed nearly as much as happy hour deals or the office party’s open bar. A stigma surrounding alcoholism still exists, which creates a communication barrier on how to prevent and treat the disease. That’s what alcoholism is, a disease, and it should be treated as such.
Many families are affected by alcoholism, hence the reason why it’s called a family disease. Genetics can play a role in increasing the risk of addiction, and children who grow up in an alcoholic family have a higher likelihood of developing an alcohol or drug problem. Millions of people attend self-help meetings regularly, and they’re not just for alcoholics. The disease of alcoholism is such a common occurrence, and help is widely available for anyone who has been affected by its reach.
The instance of alcoholism is everywhere. The disease doesn’t discriminate, and can affect anyone, near and far. Many hide the problem in shame, fearing ridicule and mistreatment from family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers. The commonality of alcoholism translates into community. People do not have to go through it alone. Fortunately, it is one of few deadly diseases that can be treated into full remission. Millions have it, millions are recovering, and millions are willing to help. All it takes is a simple phone call.
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