Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and treatment of alcoholism, as well as highlight the need for education on the dangers of unsafe alcohol consumptions.
Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance as well as the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. About 95,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes each year.
The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found roughly 16 million Americans were heavy alcohol users, and 14.5 million Americans had an alcohol use disorder. The National Institute of Health’s 2020 Monitoring the Future Survey found that 55.3% of high school seniors used alcohol in the past year.
Alcoholism contributes to more than 200 separate health conditions, including liver disease, heart disease, depression, stroke, and stomach bleeding, as well as various kinds of cancer. Early exposure to alcohol can have damaging and long-lasting effects on brain development.
When it comes to treatment, people with alcoholism are more likely to seek care from a physician for alcohol-related medical problems, rather than specifically for their alcoholism. According to the 2019 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 7.2% of people ages 12 and older with alcoholism received treatment in the past year.
There are varying types of treatment including behavioral counseling, medication, and mutual support groups. Mid-Atlantic offers a number of recovery services, including individual and group counseling. Visit our Recovery Services page to learn more.