Commentary: Alcohol Awareness Month: Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow
18 million people age 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder.
Alcohol causes about 80,000 deaths per year. It is the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.
Alcohol costs our society $225 billion in lost productivity, health care, accidents, etc.
One in four children grows up in a home with an alcohol problem.
Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.
More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—almost five per day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries.
Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $62 billion annually.