Facts about Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Nowadays, drug and alcohol addiction has been one of the major problems of United States and every once in a while, we drink. We drink wine at dinner; we have a few drinks after work; or drink while watching a ball game. This is where the pattern of drinking begins, which surely leads to addiction.
Today, 90% of teenage population had used alcohol, 50% had used marijuana, 17% tried cocaine, and 12.5% had used hallucinogens.
Did you know?
- The average of first experimentation with drug is 13, and for alcohol it is even younger. Drug use has been classified as a major problem for kids as early as fourth grade by the students themselves.
- Alcohol is the most widely used drug in America. It is the third largest cause of death in the United State, second only to heart disease and cancer.
- Alcohol and tobacco use are significant risk factor in heart disease and cancer and over 100,000 deaths per year in this country alone.
- Alcohol and other drug contribute to 50% of all suicides and 50% of all violent crimes.
- 60% of admissions to emergency rooms are either directly and indirectly due to drug or alcohol usage.
If you think that you may have an alcohol or drug problem there are many sources of assistance that may be available to you, such as:
- Speak to counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services
- Speak with your family doctor
- Speak with your church priest or church minister
- Call the local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous