Some Scary Facts About Alcoholism And Drug Addiction

Dr. Purushothaman
September 11, 2013

The problem of drug addiction and alcoholism are escalating and spreading to levels totally out of control. But is enough being done? Are people actually aware of the real dangers and damage that alcohol and drugs can cause?
So let me provide you with a few addiction and alcoholism facts and statistics - so you can really begin to appreciate the potential for damage and devastation that alcohol and drugs have.
1) Of all fatal road accidents - more than 50% involve alcohol.
2) Drug and alcohol abuse is a major factor in the premature death and unnecessary injury of young men and women.
3) Violent behaviour attributed to the use of alcohol accounts for around 50% of murders and rapes.
4) It has been estimated that 85-90% of property theft and muggings on the street are made by addicts to fund their habit.
5) Approximately 20 million people over the age of 12 use drugs in the US and around 20,000 people die each year from their addiction
I've just touched on a few facts about alcoholism and drug addiction - but I'm sure you get the picture. It annoys me that alcohol abuse and binge drinking is glamorised by many still - with how drunk you got over the weekend or at a party a central topic of conversation come Monday morning in the office or at school/college. Alcohol kills people - often innocent ones.
It also makes me angry that drug dealers are often able to roam freely through our communities - why isn't more being done to target and get rid of them? Getting young kids addicted to drugs is just cowardly and evil.
I fear things are just going to get worse - because what can we really do? Prevention is the only real answer, but until attitudes change towards alcohol abuse and those that infiltrate our streets with drugs are dealt with, we'll always be too far behind, constantly trying to play catch up.
And the addiction and alcoholism statistics I've shared with you will no doubt be constantly changing and on the increase because the problem of substance and alcohol abuse is only getting worse. So we need to each do our bit and spread the word to the dangers and damage that alcohol abuse and drugs cause. There are just too many lives at stake.

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