Alcohol Statistics

Alcohol Statistics & DUI

These Alcohol Statistics will show that alcohol is, by far, the most abused drug by teenagers.

Each year, a typical young person in the United States is inundated with more than 1,000 commercials for beer and wine coolers in addition to several thousand fictional drinking incidents on television.

Alcohol Statistics

  • 56% of students in grade 5 to 12 say that alcohol advertising encourages them to drink.
  • Each year the liquor industry spends almost $2 billion dollars on advertising and encouraging the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Americans spend over $90 billion dollars on alcohol each year.
  • Alcohol statistics show that each year, students spend $5.5 billion on alcohol. That is more than they spend on soft drinks, tea, milk, juice, coffee, or books combined.
  • In 2000, almost 7 million persons age 12 to 20 were binge drinkers. That means about one in five persons under the legal drinking age were binge drinkers.
  • On average, Americans consume over 25 gallons of beer, 2 gallons of wine, and 1.5 gallons of distilled spirits each year.

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  • Alcohol is involved in 50% of all driving fatalities. (Alcohol Statistics)
  • In the United States, every 30 minutes, someone is killed in an alcohol related traffic accident. Over 15 million Americans are dependent on alcohol. 500,000 are between the age of 9 and 12.
  • Up to 40% of all industrial fatalities and 47% of industrial injuries can be linked to alcohol consumption and alcoholism.
  • In 2001, alcohol statistics showed 25 million (one in ten) Americans surveyed reported driving under the influence of alcohol. This report is nearly three million more than the previous year. Among young adults age 18 to 25 years, almost 23% drove under the influence of alcohol.
  • The latest death statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), using a new method of calculation, shows that 17,488 people where killed in alcohol related traffic accidents last year. This report represents nearly 800 more people were killed than the previous year.
  • Alcohol is the number 1 drug problem in America. (Alcohol Statistics)
  • 43% of Americans have been exposed to alcoholism in their families.
  • Pregnant women who drink are feeding alcohol to their babies. Unfortunately the underdeveloped liver of the baby can only burn alcohol at half the rate of its mother, so the alcohol stays in the baby’s system
    twice as long.
  • 6.6% of employees in full time jobs report heavy drinking, defined as drinking five or more drinks per occasion on five or more days in the past 30 days.
  • The highest percentage of heavy drinkers (12.2%) is found among unemployed adults between the age of 26 to 34.
  • Alcohol statistics show that nearly 1 out of 4 Americans admitted to hospitals have alcohol problems or are undiagnosed alcoholics being diagnosed for alcohol related consequences.
  • Alcohol and alcohol related problems are costing the American economy at least $100 million in health care and loss of productivity every year.
  • Four in ten criminal offenders report alcohol as a factor in violence. Among spouse violence victims, three out of four incidents were reported to have involved alcohol use by the offender.
  • In 1996, local law enforcement agencies made an estimated 1,467,300 arrests nationwide for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Alcohol Statistics – Driving Under The Influence (DUI)

  • In 2002, 2.3% of Americans 18 and older surveyed reported alcohol-impaired driving, compared with only 2.1% in 1997.
  • Alcohol statistics indicate the average age of first alcohol use has generally decreased since 1965, indicating that youth are starting to drink at younger ages.
  • In 2006, 63 percent of eighth graders reported that alcohol is “very easy” or “fairly easy” to get. This is down from 75 percent a decade earlier.
  • By ages 19 and 20, 70 percent of all drinkers engage in heavy drinking, suggesting that the majority of young people are at great risk of making poor decisions that have significant long-term consequences.
  • In 2002, 2.3% of Americans 18 and older surveyed reported alcohol-impaired driving, including 3% of 18-20 year olds and 4.1% of 21-34 year olds.
  • In 2006, alcohol statistics reported that 83 percent of tenth graders had said that alcohol was “very easy” or “fairly easy” to get. This is down from 90 percent a decade earlier.
  • About 91 percent of all drinks consumed by teenagers are consumed by those who drink heavily. (Alcohol Statistics)
  • In 2006, 92.5 percent of twelfth graders reported that alcohol is “very easy” or “fairly easy” to get.

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  • Of the over 159 million alcohol-impaired driving trips estimated that Americans took in 2002, over ten percent (18 million trips) were made by 18-20 year olds.
  • In 2001, more than half a million people were injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present — an average of one person injured almost every minute.
  • In 2006, an estimated 17,602 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes—an average of one every 30 minutes. These deaths constitute 41 percent of the 42,642 total traffic fatalities. Of these, an estimated 13,470 involved a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater).
  • The rate of alcohol involvement in fatal crashes is more than 3 times higher at night than during the day (59 percent vs. 18 percent). For all crashes, the alcohol involvement rate is 5 times higher at night (16 percent vs. 3 percent).
  • About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives. (Alcohol Statistics)
  • In 2002, alcohol statistics estimates that Americans took over 159 million alcohol-impaired driving trips, compared with only 116 million in 1997.
  • Approximately 1.4 million drivers were arrested in 2004 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 139 licensed drivers in the United States.
  • Since 1980 (the year Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded), alcohol-related traffic fatalities have decreased by about 44 percent, from over 30,000 to under 17,000 and MADD has helped save over 300,000 lives.
  • Alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost the public an estimated $114.3 billion in 2000, including $51.1 billion in monetary costs and an estimated $63.2 billion in quality of life losses. People other than the drinking driver paid $71.6 billion of the alcohol-related crash bill, which is 63 percent of the total cost of these crashes.

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