The Impact of Alcohol on Society
The cost of alcohol abuse on society is staggering, but the impact of alcohol reaches far beyond the financial costs. Alcohol impacts marriages and every member of the family, extends into the community, schools, the workplace, the healthcare system and into society as a whole.
Approximately 14 million people in the United States meet the criteria for severe alcohol use disorders and many others would be diagnosed with mild or moderate disorders.
Alcohol is implicated in more than 88,000 deaths per year in the US.
Alcoholism has a huge social and financial impact on society, but it is not necessarily the alcoholics that cause the most damage. It is estimated that more than three-quarters of the cost of excessive alcohol consumption in the U.S. is due to binge drinking, and most binge drinkers are not alcohol-dependent.
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