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More than half of Americans aged 12 and older have reported being current drinkers of alcohol. In 2013, there were 136.9 million current alcohol users aged 12 or older, with 22.9% of those classified as binge drinkers and 6.3% as heavy drinkers. About 17.3 million of these (6.6%) met criteria for an alcohol use disorder in the past year.
Excessive alcohol use, including underage drinking and binge drinking, can increase a person’s risk of developing serious health problems which include liver damage, brain damage, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, and fetal damage in pregnant woman. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol causes approximately 88,000 deaths a year.
Many Americans begin drinking at an early age. In fact, about 25% of eighth graders and 64% of twelfth graders used alcohol in the past year. (Information provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
Drinking is common in many cultures and the effects can vary widely from person to person. Therefore, sometimes it is difficult to determine whether someone is social drinking or problem drinking. However, there are some signs to help determine if you or someone you know has a drinking problem.
Here are some signs:
- Do you lie to others or hide your drinking habits?
- Do you have friends or family members who are concerned about your drinking?
- Do you feel guilty or ashamed about your drinking?
- Have you “blacked out” or forgotten what you did while you were drinking?
- Do you feel the need to drink in order to relax or feel better?
- Do you regularly drink more than you intended to drink?
- Is drinking causing problems in your life and your relationships?
To schedule an assessment or get more information, contact us today! For adolescent & Young Adult admissions call 1-800-446-8833. For adult admissions call 1-800-537-3422.