Current Alcohol trends among Americans:

  • Nearly 17.6 million adult Americans abuse alcohol or are alcoholic.
  • 53 percent of men and women in the United States report that one or more of their close relatives have a drinking problem. *1

Current Drug trends among Americans:

  • more than 5.9 million persons a used cocaine in the past year
  • 22.5 million Americans are classified with substance dependence or abuse.
  • 70.3 million Americans are current users of a tobacco product *2

Drug and alcohol abuse statistics among youth are alarming:

  • 1.5 million youth met criteria for admission to alcohol treatment (of these, only 120,000 received treatment)
  • Each year about 1900 persons under 21 die in motor vehicle crashes that involve underage drinking. (About another 500 persons over age 21 also die in these crashes)
  • Almost 20% of 8th-graders, and 42% of 10th-graders have been drunk at least once.
  • Approximately 19% of 8th-graders, 35% of 10th-graders, and 48% of 12th-graders report having consumed alcohol during the past month.*3
  • Young adults aged 18 to 25 reported the highest rate of current use of any tobacco products (44.8 percent). *4

Researchers draw similar alarming conclusions about the broad use of drugs. They find that by the time seniors graduate from high school

  • 51% have used an illicit drug
  • 46% have used Marijuana
  • 10% have used inhalants
  • 8% have used Cocaine
  • 76% have tried alcohol
  • 53% have used cigarettes*4

 

Sources:
1. National Institute of Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism. Revised 2001.
NIH Publication. Bethesda, MD.
http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/GettheFacts_HTML/facts.htm
2. National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health. 12 Aug. 2005.
http://oas.samhsa.gov/25k/cocaine/cocaine.htm
3. Initiative on Underage Drinking. November 2005
Bethseda, MD.
http://niaaa.hih.gov/Templates/CommonPage.aspx
4. Trends in Use. Revised December 2004.
National Institute of Health. Rockville, MD.
http://nida.nih.gov/infofacts/HSYouthtrends.html