Alcohol Abuse

Binge Drinking

  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), binge drinking is considered as 5 or more alcoholic drinks on the same occasion on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.

Alcohol-Related Deaths

  • According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • In 2013, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 10,076 deaths.

Underage Drinking

  • According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 5.4 million people ages 12-20 were binge drinkers.
  • Research indicates that alcohol use during the teenage years could interfere with normal adolescent brain development and increase the risk of developing an Alcohol Use Disorder. In addition, underage drinking contributes to a range of acute consequences, including injuries, sexual assaults, and even deaths – including those from car crashes.

Alcohol and College Students:

Researchers estimate that each year:

  • 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.
  • 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
  • 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
  • Roughly 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for an Alcohol Use Disorder.
  • About 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.

Alcohol and the Human Body:

  • Drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, liver, and breast.
  • In 2009, alcohol-related liver disease was the primary cause of almost 1 in 3 liver transplants in the United States.

Social Hosting

  • Providing alcohol to someone under 21 can result in a $30,000 fine or up to 6 years in jail. (Not from site cited above.)


All info from  Alcohol Facts and Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved March 02, 2016, from http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics