The WCTU Journal

Quick Facts About Alcohol

Here are some quick facts about alcohol, tobacco illegal drugs and other issues that affect the family.

Alcohol kills

1. US college students dead in 1 year from alcohol, 1701. Estimated total US under age 21 dead in 1 year from alcohol, 4554. US soldiers dead in two years eight months of war in Iraq (March 2003 to Dec.2, 2005), 2,120. CAMY Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth.

2. Alcohol is a leading factor in automobile crashes, homicides and suicides, the three leading causes of death for 15- to 24-year-olds. NCADI National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information

3. In 2000, the US government declared alcoholic drinks to be a “Class A” human carcinogen.

Who’s into alcohol?

4. US population as of June 2005—295,734,134. US adults who drank alcohol in 2002, 62.8%. Using the 2002 percentage, adult drinkers number 185,721,036.

5. Every day 7000 kids under age 16 take their first drink of alcohol. CAMY

Boys, on the average, try alcohol first at 11, girls at 13.  Drinking regularly in the US, on the average, starts at 15.9 years.Focus Adolescent Services

6. One in three 10th graders and nearly 1 out of every two 12th graders were current drinkers in 2004. CAMY

Who pays?

7. Alcohol use drains $186 billion out of the US economy every year.

8. Half of US alcohol is sold to 2 particular groups: underage drinkers and adult alcoholics. Underage drinkers drank $22.5 billion worth of alcohol and adult heavy drinkers consumed $34.4 billion worth of booze in 2003. Feb. 26, 2003 Journal of the American Medical Ass’n, JAMA

9. Alcohol is a Central Nervous System depressant that affects virtually every organ in the human body. John Brick, Ph.D., M.A., F.A.P.A., Biological Psychologist, Intoxikon Int’l.



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