Learn More About Alcohol Awareness Month

Learn More About Alcohol Awareness Month

As you may already know, April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This campaign started back in 1987, when the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) began sponsoring this effort to spread understanding and awareness for those struggling with this disorder.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 15 million people in the United States over the age of 18 suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD), as well as an estimated 623,000 children between the ages of 12 and 17.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that 88,000 people die due to alcohol-related issues every year, making alcohol the number three cause of preventable death in the entire country, only behind poor physical activity/diet and tobacco. On top of that, 9,967 people were killed in car crashes involving drivers who were under the influence in 2014, approximately 31 percent of all car accident deaths.

In addition to the human cost of alcohol addiction, there’s a significant economic cost as well. NIH reports that the misuse of alcohol cost the United States an estimated $249 billion in 2010. This trend doesn’t look to be getting any better either – according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, the rate of alcoholism jumped by 49 percent between 2001 and 2010. Spreading awareness of this problem consuming more and more people every single year is incredibly important, and could go a long way towards saving countless lives.

Alcohol addiction affects millions of people across the United States, and ensuring that everyone looking for help receives the support they need is one of the most important things that can be done. At Novus Detox®, we have helped countless people overcome their addictions and retake control of their futures. Call us at (855) 464-8550 today to speak with one of our detox advisors over the phone and learn more about the treatment options we offer.

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