Have you ever thought about how prevalent alcohol use and abuse is when it comes to the movies we watch? When you take into consideration how much of an influence actors have over the viewing public, it can be easy to understand why so many people don’t view alcoholism as a serious condition. Movies like “The Hangover” (and its sequels), “Superbad”, “Spring Breakers”, “Old School”, “Animal House”, and the entire James Bond franchise (and many, many more movies), show drinking -often to excess- to be fun, sexy, cool, or liberating. However, there is nothing trivial whatsoever about needing alcohol rehab in Pompano.
US Alcohol Use Statistics
According to a survey done in 2015 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a little more than 86 percent of those surveyed said that at some point or another had consumed alcohol. They also reported that over 70 percent of people had alcohol within the last year. Likewise, 56 percent of respondents said that they had drank alcohol at some point within the last month.
Beyond having a drink or two, the survey also reported that more than 26 percent of Americans 18 or older had participated in binge drinking over the last month, with 7 percent saying they used alcohol heavily over that same time period. While nearly everyone has some crazy story about having too much to drink here or there, these drinking statistics are especially scary when you see that there are around 88,000 deaths every year that are related to alcohol. Not only do these come in the form of drinking and driving, but also falls and other injuries as well as simply consuming more alcohol than the body can handle.
Of course, having a drink now and then is perfectly fine for those who can personally limit their intake. It’s when alcohol use disorder (AUD, far more commonly referred to as “alcoholism”) comes into play when drinking stops being fun like those movies show and starts being a very real problem.
Alcoholism and Alcohol Rehab in Pompano
The reality of the situation is that over 6 percent of the adult population suffers from alcoholism. While that might not seem like that big of a number to some people, think about all the people who are directly affected by those alcoholics’ behavior. Additionally, 2.5 percent of kids from 12 to 17 were also reported to have alcohol use disorder as well. And out of all the adults who had alcoholism, only 6.7 percent of alcoholics received any kind of alcohol rehab. Even more discouraging was that only 5.2 percent of those reported youth alcoholics received treatment.
When you compare the reality of death and alcoholism that our society faces, it can be difficult to think of drinking as fun as it’s shown to be in so many movies. If you know someone who has an alcohol abuse problem in Pompano, don’t just shrug it off. Recommend they seek alcohol rehab centers in Pompano or drug and alcohol rehab in Florida before they get hurt or worse.