WHAT ARE THE FACTS ON ALCOHOL?
Alcohol is the direct or indirect cause of approximately 95,000 deaths per year. There is no typical person with alcoholism. The disease afflicts people of all social and economic levels.
Between 5% and 10% of employees have alcoholism. The cost to the nation is estimated at $49.4 billion a year. The human loss is incalculable.
Drunk driving is involved in 50% of highway traffic fatalities. It is the leading single cause of death among 15-24 year olds.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is now considered the third most common cause of mental retardation due to birth defect in the U.S.
Alcoholics have a considerable higher rate of accidental death than the general population. Approximately 80% of fire deaths, 65% of drowning. 70% of fatal falls and up to 40% of fatal industrial accidents are linked to the use of alcohol.
ALCOHOLISM IS TREATABLE. Treatment for alcoholics and their families is widely available today in all parts of the country. Prevention efforts focusing on education, early detection, research and community treatment facilities are the greatest forces operating today for the control and reduction of alcoholism.