How Many People Are Alcoholics?

How Many People Are Alcoholics
General Alcohol Statistics –

In 2018, there were 10,511 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, totaling 29% of all traffic fatalities for the year.3 An estimated 15 million people struggle with an alcohol use disorder in the United States, but less than 10% of them receive treatment.4 More than 65 million Americans report binge drinking in the past month, which is more than 40% of the total of current alcohol users.5 Teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each year. That’s more than all illegal drugs combined.8 Drunk driving costs the United States more than $199 billion every year.6

What percentage of the world are alcoholics?

Alcohol Consumption Alcohol has historically, and continues to, hold an important role in social engagement and bonding for many. Social drinking or moderate alcohol consumption for many is pleasurable. However, alcohol consumption – especially in excess – is linked to a number of negative outcomes: as a risk factor for diseases and health impacts; crime; road incidents; and for some, alcohol dependence.

  • This entry looks at the data on global patterns of alcohol consumption, patterns of drinking, beverage types, the prevalence of alcoholism; and consequences, including crime, mortality and road incidents.
  • Related entries: Data on other drug use can be found at our full entry,
  • Drug Use disorders are often classified within the same category as mental health disorders — research and data on mental health can be found at our entry,
  • Support for alcohol dependency At the end of this entry you will and guidance if you, or someone you know needs support in dealing with alcohol dependency.

This interactive map shows the annual average alcohol consumption of alcohol, expressed per person aged 15 years or older. To account for the differences in alcohol content of different alcoholic drinks (e.g. beer, wine, spirits), this is reported in liters of pure alcohol per year.

The global average consumption was 6.18 liters liters per person in the latest year available To make this average more understandable we can express it in bottles of wine. Wine contains around 12% of pure alcohol per volume so that one liter of wine contains 0.12 liters of pure alcohol. The global average of 6.2 liters of pure alcohol per person per year therefore equals 53 bottles of wine per person older than 15.

Or to make it more memorable, around 1 liter of wine per week. As the map shows, the average per capita alcohol consumption varies widely across the world. We see large geographical differences: Alcohol consumption across North Africa and the Middle East is particularly low — in many countries, close to zero.

  • At the upper end of the scale, alcohol intake across Europe is highest at around 15 liters per person per year in Czechia.
  • This equals around two bottles of wine per person per week.
  • Only slightly behind the Eastern European countries are Western European countries – including Germany, France, Portugal, Ireland, and Belgium – at around 12 to 14 liters.

This interactive map shows the share of adults who drink alcohol. This is given as the share of adults, aged 15 years and older, who have drunk alcohol within the previous year. In many countries the majority of adults drink some alcohol. Across Europe, for example, more than two-thirds do in most countries.

Again, the prevalence of drinking across North Africa and the Middle East is notably lower than elsewhere. Typically 5 to 10 percent of adults across these regions drunk within the preceding year, and in a number of countries this was below 5 percent. When we look at gender differences we see that in all countries men are more likely to drink than women.

This gender difference appears to be lowest in countries where the overall prevalence of drinking high. Where drinking prevalence is low-to-mid range, the prevalence of drinking in women tends to be significantly lower – often it is less than half the rate of men.

  1. Data on the share who drink alcohol by gender and age group in the UK is available,
  2. Alcohol consumption – whilst a risk factor for a number of health outcomes – typically has the greatest negative impacts when consumed within heavy sessions.
  3. This pattern of drinking is often termed ‘binging’, where individuals consume large amounts of alcohol within a single session versus small quantities more frequently.

Heavy episodic drinking is defined as the proportion of adult drinkers who have had at least 60 grams or more of pure alcohol on at least one occasion in the past 30 days. An intake of 60 grams of pure alcohol is approximately equal to 6, The map shows heavy drinkers – those who had an episode of heavy drinking in the previous 30 days – as a share of total drinkers (i.e those who have drunk less than one alcohol drink in the last 12 months are excluded).

The comparison of this map with the previous maps makes clear that heavy drinking is not necessarily most common in the same countries where alcohol consumption is most common. Data on the prevalence of binge-drinking by age and gender in the UK can be found ; and trends in heavy and binge-drinking in the USA,

Global trends on alcohol abstinence show a mirror image of drinking prevalence data. This is shown in the charts as the share of adults who had not drunk in the prior year, and those who have never drunk alcohol. Here we see particularly high levels of alcohol abstinence across North Africa and the Middle East.

  1. In most countries in this region, more than 80 percent (often more than 90 percent) have never drunk alcohol.
  2. Data on the share who don’t drink alcohol by gender and age group in the UK is available,
  3. The chart shows alcohol consumption since 1890 in a number of countries.
  4. Across these high-income countries the annual average today lies between 5.6 liters in Japan and 10.4 liters in Austria.

A century ago some countries had much higher levels of alcohol consumption. In France in the 1920s the average was 22.1 liters of pure alcohol per person per year. This equals 184 one liter wine bottles per person per year. Note that in contrast to the modern statistics that are expressed in alcohol consumption per person older than 15 years, this includes children as well – the average alcohol consumption per adult was therefore even higher.

  • This chart shows the change in consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • By default the data for Italy is shown – here the share of beer consumption increased and now makes up almost a quarter of alcohol consumption in Italy.
  • With the change country feature it is possible to view the same data for other countries.

Sweden for example increased the share of wine consumption and therefore reduced the share of spirits. Long-run data on alcohol consumption from the United States gives us one perspective of drinking since 1850. In the chart we see the average consumption (in litres of ethanol) of different beverage types per person in the USA from 1850 through to 2013.

Over this long time period we see that per capita drinking quantities have been relatively constant — typically averaging around 8 to 9 litres per year. Over the period 1920-1933, there was a ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States (known as the ‘National Alcohol Prohibition’).

Since the statistics here reflect reported sales and consumption statistics, they assume zero consumption of alcohol over this time. However, there is evidence that alcohol consumption continued through black market and illegal sales, particularly in the sales of spirits.

  • It’s estimated that at the beginning of Prohibition alcohol consumption decreased to approximately 30 percent of pre-prohibition levels, but slowly increased to 60-70 percent by the end of the period.
  • As we see, following prohibition, levels of alcohol consumption returned to the similar levels as in the pre-prohibition period.

The charts show global consumption of beer, first in terms of beer as a share of total alcohol consumption, and then the estimated average consumption per person. Both are measured in terms of pure alcohol/ethanol intake, rather than the total quantity of the beverage.

  • Beer contains around 5% of pure alcohol per volume so that one liter of beer contains 0.05 liters of pure alcohol.
  • This means that 5 liters of pure alcohol equals 100 liters of beer.
  • The charts show global consumption of wine, first in terms of wine as a share of total alcohol consumption, and then the estimated average consumption per person.

Both are measured in terms of pure alcohol/ethanol intake, rather than the total quantity of the beverage. Wine contains around 12% of pure alcohol per volume so that one liter of wine contains 0.12 liters of pure alcohol. The charts show global consumption of spirits, which are distilled alcoholic drinks including gin, rum, whisky, tequila and vodka.

  • The first map shows this in terms of spirits as a share of total alcohol consumption.
  • In many Asian countries spirits account for most of total alcohol consumption.
  • In India it is over 90%.
  • The second map shows the estimated average consumption per person.
  • Both are measured in terms of pure alcohol/ethanol intake, rather than the total quantity of the beverage.

Does alcohol consumption increase as countries get richer? In the chart we see the relationship between average per capita alcohol consumption – in litres of pure alcohol per year – versus gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, across countries. When we look at national averages in this way there is not a distinct relationship between income and alcohol consumption.

As shown by clusters of countries (for example, Middle Eastern countries with low alcohol intake but high GDP per capita), we tend to see strong cultural patterns which tend to alter the standard income-consumption relationship we may expect. However, when we looking at consumption data within given countries, we sometimes do see a clear income correlation.

Taking 2016 data in the UK as an example we see that people within higher income brackets tend to drink more frequently. This correlation is also likely to be influenced by other lifestyle determinants and habits; the UK ONS also report that when grouped by education status, those with a university tend to drink more in total and more frequently than those of lower education status.

  • There are also differences when grouped by profession: individuals in managerial or professional positions tend to drink more frequently than those in intermediate or manual labour roles.
  • However, we also find correlates in drinking patterns when we look at groupings of income, education or work status.
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Although those in lower income or educational status groups often drink less overall, they are more likely to have lower-frequency, higher-intensity drinking patterns. Overall these groups drink less, but a higher percentage will drink heavily when they do.

This interactive chart shows the average share of household expenditure that is spent on alcohol. Data on alcohol expenditure is typically limited to North America, Europe and Oceania. Alcohol is one of the world’s largest risk factors for premature death. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in its Global Burden of Disease study provide estimates of the number of deaths attributed to the range of risk factors.

In the visualization we see the number of deaths per year attributed to each risk factor. This chart is shown for the global total, but can be explored for any country or region using the “change country” toggle. Alcohol consumption is a known for a number of health conditions and potential mortality cases.

  1. Alcohol consumption has a causal impact on more than 200 health conditions (diseases and injuries).
  2. In the chart we see estimates of the alcohol-attributable fraction (AAF), which is the proportion of deaths which are caused or exacerbated by alcohol (i.e.
  3. That proportion which would disappear if alcohol consumption was removed).

Across most countries the proportion of deaths attributed to alcohol consumption ranges from 2 to 10 percent. However, across a range of countries this share is much higher; across some countries in Eastern Europe nearly one-quarter of deaths are attributed to alcohol consumption.

  1. Shown here is the rate of premature deaths caused by alcohol.
  2. Globally the rate has declined from 43 deaths per 100,000 people in the early 1990s to 35 deaths in 2017.
  3. The chart shows the age distribution of those dying premature deaths due to alcohol.
  4. Globally almost three quarters are younger than 70 years.28% are younger than 50 years.

It is possible to switch this data to any other country or region in the world.

  1. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) refers to drinking of alcohol that causes mental and physical health problems.
  2. Alcohol use disorder, which includes alcohol dependence, is defined the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (available ).
  3. At the we provide a number of potential sources of support and guidance for those concerned about uncontrolled drinking or alcohol dependency.
  4. A definite diagnosis of dependence should usually be made only if three or more of the following have been present together at some time during the previous year:
  • (a) a strong desire or sense of compulsion to take the substance;
  • (b) difficulties in controlling substance-taking behaviour in terms of its onset, termination, or levels of use;
  • (c) a physiological withdrawal state when substance use has ceased or been reduced, as evidenced by: the characteristic withdrawal syndrome for the substance; or use of the same (or a closely related) substance with the intention of relieving or avoiding withdrawal symptoms;
  • (d) evidence of tolerance, such that increased doses of the psychoactive substance are required in order to achieve effects originally produced by lower doses (clear examples of this are found in alcohol- and opiate-dependent individuals who may take daily doses sufficient to incapacitate or kill nontolerant users);
  • (e) progressive neglect of alternative pleasures or interests because of psychoactive substance use, increased amount of time necessary to obtain or take the substance or to recover from its effects;
  • (f) persisting with substance use despite clear evidence of overtly harmful consequences, such as harm to the liver through excessive drinking, depressive mood states consequent to periods of heavy substance use, or drug-related impairment of cognitive functioning; efforts should be made to determine that the user was actually, or could be expected to be, aware of the nature and extent of the harm.

The charts shown below present global data on the prevalence, disease burden and mortality cost of alcohol use disorders. It’s estimated that globally around 1.4 percent of the population have an alcohol use disorder. At the country level, as shown in the chart, this ranges from around 0.5 to 5 percent of the population.

  • In Russia, for example, the prevalence is 4.7 percent meaning that almost 1-in-20 have an alcohol dependence at any given time.
  • When we look at the variance in prevalence we see that globally the prevalence is highest in those aged between 25 and 34 years old (for which around 2.5 percent of the population have an alcohol use disorder).

At the extreme of country-level figures, prevalence amongst Russians aged 30-34 years old is just under 10 percent. This means 1-in-10 Russians in this age group has an alcohol dependency. Globally, people are estimated to have an alcohol use disorder.

  • This breakdown can be viewed by gender for any country ; 70 percent globally (75 million) were male relative to 32 million females.
  • The scatter plot compares the prevalence of alcohol use disorders in males versus that of females.
  • In 2017 — with the exception of Ukraine — the prevalence of alcohol dependence in men was higher than in women across all countries.

Deaths from alcohol dependence can occur both directly or indirectly. Indirect deaths from alcohol use disorders can occur indirectly through suicide. In our entry on, we discuss the link between mental health and substance use disorders with suicide.

  1. Although clear attribution of suicide deaths is challenging, alcohol use disorders are a known and established risk factor.
  2. It’s estimated that the in an individual with alcohol dependence is around 10 times higher than an individual without.
  3. The chart shows direct death rates (not including suicide deaths) from alcohol use disorders across the world.

In 2019, Belarus had the highest death rate with around 21 people per 100,000 individuals dying from alcoholism. For most countries this rate ranges from 1 to 5 deaths per 100,000 individuals. It’s estimated that globally, around 168,000 people died directly from alcohol use disorders in 2019.

The total estimated number of deaths by country from 1990 to 2019 are found, Global data on the prevalence and effectiveness of alcohol use disorder treatment is very incomplete. In the chart we see data across some countries on the share of people with an alcohol use disorder who received treatment.

This data is based on estimates of prevalence and treatment published by the World Health Organization (WHO). Do countries with higher average alcohol consumption have a higher prevalence of alcohol use disorders? In the chart we see prevalence of alcohol dependence versus the average per capita alcohol consumption.

Overall there is not a clear relationship between the two, although there may be a slight positive correlation, particularly when viewed by region (e.g. in Europe). There is not, however, clear evidence that high overall consumption (particularly in moderate quantities) is connected to the onset of alcohol dependency.

Measuring the health impact by mortality alone fails to capture the impact that alcohol use disorders have on an individual’s wellbeing. The ‘‘ – measured in Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) – is a considers not only mortality, but also years lived with disability or health burden.

  • The map shows DALYs per 100,000 people which result from alcohol use disorders.
  • DALY rates differentiated by age group can be found,
  • Many of the risk factors for alcohol dependency are similar to those of overall substance use disorders (including illicit drug disorders).
  • Further discussion on these risk factors can be found at our entry on,

In the chart we show results from a study conducted published by Swendsen et al. (2010). In this study the authors followed a cohort of more than 5000 individuals, with and without a disorder (but without a substance use disorder) over a 10-year period.

  • Following the 10 year period they re-assessed such individuals for whether they had either a nicotine, alcohol or illicit drug dependency.
  • The results in the chart show the increased risk of developing alcohol dependency (we show results for illicit drug dependency in our entry on ) for someone with a given mental health disorder (relative to those without).

For example, a value of 3.6 for bipolar disorder indicates that illicit drug dependency became more than three time more likely in individuals with bipolar disorder than those without. The risk of an alcohol use disorder is highest in individuals with intermittent explosive disorder, dysthymia, ODD, bipolar disorder and social phobia.

  • The map shows the share of all road traffic deaths attributed to alcohol consumption over the national legal limit for alcohol consumption.
  • In South Africa and Papua New Guinea more than half of all traffic deaths are attributable to alcohol consumption.
  • In the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and many European countries alcohol is responsible for around a third of all traffic deaths.
  • In the countries shown in light yellow over 90% of road deaths are not related to alcohol consumption.
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Shown in this map is the share of all crimes which are considered to be alcohol-related. This includes two groups of criminal offenses:

  1. Offenses in which the alcohol consumption is part of the crime such as driving with excess alcohol, liquor license violations, and drunkenness offenses.
  2. Crimes in which the consumption of alcohol is thought to have played a role of some kind in the committing of the offense – including assault, criminal damage, and other public order offenses.

The differences between countries are large: in some countries – including Iran, Chile, and Scandinavian countries – the share is well below 5%. In the UK on the other hand it is over 50%. Whilst the World Health Organization (WHO) and most national guidelines typically quantify one unit of alcohol as equal to 10 grams of pure alcohol, the metric used as a ‘standard measure’ can vary across countries.

  • Most countries across Europe use this 10 grams metric, however this can vary with several adopting 12 or 14 grams per unit.
  • In North America, a unit is typically taken as 14 grams of pure alcohol.
  • In Japan, this is as high as 20 grams per unit.
  • World Health Organization. (1992).
  • The ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioural disorders: clinical descriptions and diagnostic guidelines (Vol.1).

World Health Organization.

  • Data : Prevalence of substance use disorders, trends in alcohol consumption
  • Geographical coverage: Global by country
  • Time span: Variable depending on datasets. Most inconsistent years post-2000
  • Available at:
  • Information : Guidance on the signs of alcoholism, unhealthy drinking behaviors, and support on where to go for help
  • Geographical coverage: Universal guidance; support options for the United States
  • Available at:
  • Information : A social movement with the aim to reduce stigma around alcohol and to encourages people to consider their relationship with alcohol.
  • Available at:
  • Information : Test to assess your drinking patterns relative to the US population
  • Geographical coverage: Global; assesses relative to US drinking patterns
  • Available at:
  • Information : An advisory and referral service for people who suffer from alcohol, drug, and behavioral addiction.
  • Geographical coverage: Universal guidance; support options for the United Kingdom
  • Available at:
  1. 74% of those who die are younger than 70 years.
  2. Alcohol.org has of the range of alcohol by volume of beer, wine, & liquor.
  3. 22.1 liters per person in France equals 22.1l / 0.12l = 184 bottles per year.
  4. Miron & Zwiebel (1991). Alcohol Consumption During Prohibition. The American Economic Review, Vol.81, No.2, pp.242-247, (May 1991). Available,
  5. Alcohol.org has of the range of alcohol by volume of beer, wine, & liquor.
  6. ONS (2018). Adult drinking habits in Great Britain. UK Office of National Statistics, Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/drugusealcoholandsmoking/datasets/adultdrinkinghabits.
  7. GBD 2017 Risk Factor Collaborators. “” (2018).
  8. Ferrari et al. (2015). The Burden Attributable to Mental and Substance Use Disorders as Risk Factors for Suicide: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. PLOS ONE, Available,
  9. Swendsen, J., Conway, K.P., Degenhardt, L., Glantz, M., Jin, R., Merikangas, K.R., & Kessler, R.C. (2010). Mental disorders as risk factors for substance use, abuse and dependence: results from the 10‐year follow‐up of the National Comorbidity Survey. Addiction, 105 (6), 1117-1128. Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.02902.x
  10. Full data with confidence intervals and statistical significance can be found at our table,

Our articles and data visualizations rely on work from many different people and organizations. When citing this topic page, please also cite the underlying data sources. This topic page can be cited as: Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2018) – “Alcohol Consumption”.

What percentage of adults are drinkers?

In 2018, two-thirds (66.3%) of adults aged 18 and over consumed alcohol in the past year. Among adults aged 18 and over, 5.1% engaged in heavy drinking (consumption of an average of more than 14 alcoholic drinks per week for men or more than 7 drinks per week for women in the past year).

How many people in the world become alcoholics?

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What percentage of people are heavy drinkers?

Data on Excessive Drinking Excessive alcohol use is common and costly. Learn more about its impact.

includes (drinking 5 or more drinks on an occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on an occasion for women), (drinking 15 or more drinks per week for men or 8 or more drinks per week for women), and or Excessive alcohol use is associated with an increased risk of injuries, chronic diseases such as liver disease and heart disease, several cancers, and poor pregnancy outcomes. According to the, more than half of US adults report drinking alcohol in the past 30 days. Nearly 17% of adults binge drink and 6% report heavy drinking. Nearly all adults who drink heavily also binge drink. According to the, during 2015–2019, excessive alcohol use was responsible for more than 140,000 deaths and 3.6 million years of potential life lost each year, on average. More than 40% of these deaths and half of the years of potential life lost were due to binge drinking.

State Binge drinking prevalence †, % (95% CI)
Alabama 13.7 (12.3-15.3)
Alaska 17.7 (16.1-19.5)
Arizona 17.2 (16.0-18.4)
Arkansas 13.9 (12.3-15.7)
California 15.5 (14.3-16.8)
Colorado 19.5 (18.6-20.5)
Connecticut 15.0 (13.8-16.2)
Delaware 14.0 (12.3-16.0)
District of Columbia 20.7 (18.8-22.9)
Florida* 15.1 (13.4-16.8)
Georgia 15.2 (13.8-16.6)
Hawaii 18.2 (17.0-19.6)
Idaho 15.1 (13.9-16.3)
Illinois 16.1 (14.4-18.0)
Indiana 16.7 (15.7-17.8)
Iowa 21.8 (20.6-23.0)
Kansas 18.9 (18.0-19.7)
Kentucky 13.8 (12.4-15.3)
Louisiana 18.3 (16.7-20.0)
Maine 17.8 (16.5-19.1)
Maryland 14.1 (13.2-15.1)
Massachusetts 17.6 (16.4-18.8)
Michigan 17.6 (16.4-18.8)
Minnesota 19.3 (18.5-20.1)
Mississippi 13.4 (11.8-15.1)
Missouri 18.1 (17.0-19.4)
Montana 22.9 (21.4-24.4)
Nebraska 20.8 (19.7-21.8)
Nevada 13.8 (11.9-15.9)
New Hampshire 16.0 (14.5-17.7)
New Jersey 15.8 (14.6-17.0)
New Mexico 14.7 (13.3-16.1)
New York 16.0 (15.2-16.7)
North Carolina 16.8 (15.5-18.3)
North Dakota 21.7 (20.2-23.3)
Ohio 18.5 (17.4-19.6)
Oklahoma 12.5 (11.3-13.9)
Oregon 17.2 (15.9-18.5)
Pennsylvania 16.8 (15.5-18.1)
Rhode Island 18.9 (17.3-20.6)
South Carolina 16.2 (15.0-17.6)
South Dakota 21.1 (18.7-23.8)
Tennessee 15.5 (14.1-17.1)
Texas 17.1 (15.7-18.5)
Utah 11.7 (10.9-12.5)
Vermont 19.2 (17.6-21.0)
Virginia 16.2 (15.1-17.4)
Washington 16.1 (15.2-17.0)
West Virginia 13.4 (12.2-14.7)
Wisconsin 23.5 (21.8-25.3)
Wyoming 17.2 (15.4-19.1)

Abbreviation: CI=confidence interval. *Due to 2021 data not being available, 2020 data were used for Florida’s estimates. †Males reporting having five or more drinks on one occasion, females reporting having four or more drinks on one occasion, in the past 30 days.

No. of drinks † (95% CI)
Median 75 th Percentile
Overall, unadjusted 5.4 (5.4–5.5) 7.5 (7.4–7.6)
Alabama 5.5 (5.3–5.7) 7.4 (6.7–7.9)
Alaska 5.5 (5.3–5.7) 8.1 (7.3–9.4)
Arizona 5.4 (5.3–5.6) 7.7 (7.3–8.5)
Arkansas 5.6 (5.3–5.8) 7.8 (7.1–9.3)
California 5.4 (5.3–5.6) 7.3 (7.0–7.7)
Colorado 5.5 (5.4–5.6) 7.4 (7.1–7.6)
Connecticut 5.2 (5.0–5.4) 6.5 (5.9–7.3)
Delaware 5.0 (4.8–5.2) 6.3 (5.8–7.3)
District of Columbia 5.0 (4.8–5.2) 6.3 (5.9–7.0)
Florida* 5.2 (5.0–5.5) 7.2 (6.4–7.7)
Georgia 5.5 (5.3–5.6) 7.2 (6.6–7.8)
Hawaii 5.6 (5.4–5.8) 9.1 (7.8–9.6)
Idaho 5.5 (5.3–5.6) 7.5 (6.8–8.4)
Illinois 5.5 (5.2–5.7) 7.6 (6.8–9.0)
Indiana 5.5 (5.4–5.6) 7.5 (7.1–7.9)
Iowa 5.8 (5.7–5.9) 9.1 (7.9–9.4)
Kansas 5.5 (5.4–5.6) 7.8 (7.4–8.4)
Kentucky 5.6 (5.4–5.8) 9.1 (7.7–9.5)
Louisiana 5.5 (5.3–5.7) 8.5 (7.5–9.4)
Maine 5.5 (5.3–5.6) 7.4 (6.8–7.9)
Maryland 5.3 (5.2–5.4) 6.7 (6.3–7.1)
Massachusetts 5.3 (5.2–5.4) 6.5 (6.1–6.9)
Michigan 5.4 (5.2–5.6) 7.5 (7.0–8.0)
Minnesota 5.6 (5.5–5.7) 7.7 (7.5–7.9)
Mississippi 5.4 (5.2–5.7) 8.1 (6.8-10.0)
Missouri 5.6 (5.4–5.7) 7.8 (7.4–8.5)
Montana 5.5 (5.4–5.6) 7.5 (7.1–7.8)
Nebraska 5.6 (5.5–5.7) 8.0 (7.7–9.0)
Nevada 5.1 (4.9–5.5) 7.1 (5.9–7.7)
New Hampshire 5.2 (5.0–5.4) 6.8 (6.2–7.5)
New Jersey 5.3 (5.2–5.5) 7.1 (6.4–7.6)
New Mexico 5.3 (5.1–5.5) 7.3 (6.6–8.0)
New York 5.3 (5.2–5.4) 6.8 (6.4–7.1)
North Carolina 5.3 (5.2–5.5) 6.8 (6.0–7.5)
North Dakota 5.9 (5.7–6.3) 9.5 (9.1–9.8)
Ohio 5.5 (5.4–5.7) 7.9 (7.6–9.0)
Oklahoma 5.5 (5.3–5.8) 8.6 (7.5–9.3)
Oregon 5.4 (5.3–5.6) 6.9 (6.5–7.3)
Pennsylvania 5.4 (5.3–5.6) 7.4 (7.0–7.8)
Rhode Island 5.4 (5.2–5.6) 7.3 (6.6–7.9)
South Carolina 5.5 (5.4–5.7) 7.5 (7.0–7.9)
South Dakota 5.7 (5.4–5.9) 7.7 (7.1–9.3)
Tennessee 5.5 (5.3–5.7) 7.5 (6.9–8.0)
Texas 5.5 (5.3–5.6) 8.0 (7.1–9.3)
Utah 5.5 (5.4–5.7) 8.2 (7.5–9.3)
Vermont 5.5 (5.3–5.7) 7.7 (7.2–8.4)
Virginia 5.5 (5.3–5.7) 7.7 (7.3–8.7)
Washington 5.2 (5.1–5.3) 6.9 (6.5–7.3)
West Virginia 5.8 (5.6–5.9) 9.4 (8.9–9.8)
Wisconsin 5.5 (5.3–5.6) 7.8 (7.4–9.0)
Wyoming 5.5 (5.2–5.7) 8.6 (7.1–9.4)

Abbreviation: CI = confidence interval. * Due to 2021 data not being available, 2020 data were used for Florida’s estimates. † Largest number of drinks consumed on an occasion in the past 30 days among adults who reported binge drinking.

No. of occasions † (95% CI)
Median 75 th Percentile
Overall, unadjusted 1.7 (1.7–1.8) 4.2 (4.1–4.3)
Alabama 1.9 (1.6–2.4) 4.6 (3.8–5.5)
Alaska 2.0 (1.7–2.5) 4.7 (4.1–5.9)
Arizona 1.7 (1.5–1.9) 4.1 (3.8–4.6)
Arkansas 2.4 (1.9–3.1) 5.4 (4.6–7.3)
California 1.7 (1.5–1.9) 4.0 (3.5–4.5)
Colorado 1.7 (1.6–1.8) 4.0 (3.7–4.3)
Connecticut 1.7 (1.5–1.9) 4.1 (3.5–4.6)
Delaware 1.7 (1.4–2.0) 4.2 (3.4–4.7)
District of Columbia 1.6 (1.4–1.9) 3.6 (3.0–4.2)
Florida* 1.8 (1.5–2.2) 4.4 (3.7–5.2)
Georgia 1.9 (1.7–2.3) 4.7 (4.0–5.8)
Hawaii 2.0 (1.8–2.3) 4.4 (3.9–4.9)
Idaho 1.7 (1.6–2.0) 4.3 (3.8–4.7)
Illinois 1.7 (1.4–1.9) 4.4 (3.6–5.4)
Indiana 1.7 (1.6–1.9) 4.3 (3.9–4.7)
Iowa 1.8 (1.7–2.1) 4.8 (4.4–5.3)
Kansas 1.8 (1.7–1.9) 4.4 (4.1–4.7)
Kentucky 1.7 (1.4–2.0) 4.6 (3.7–6.0)
Louisiana 1.9 (1.7–2.3) 4.6 (4.0–5.4)
Maine 1.7 (1.5–1.9) 4.0 (3.6–4.6)
Maryland 1.7 (1.5–1.9) 3.9 (3.6–4.3)
Massachusetts 1.6 (1.4–1.8) 3.8 (3.4–4.3)
Michigan 1.7 (1.5–2.0) 4.4 (4.0–4.9)
Minnesota 1.7 (1.6–1.8) 4.2 (3.9–4.5)
Mississippi 1.8 (1.5–2.3) 4.3 (3.6–6.1)
Missouri 1.7 (1.6–1.9) 4.6 (4.1–5.0)
Montana 1.6 (1.4–1.7) 3.9 (3.5–4.5)
Nebraska 1.7 (1.6–1.9) 4.2 (3.9–4.5)
Nevada 1.7 (1.4–2.1) 3.7 (3.1–4.3)
New Hampshire 1.7 (1.4–1.9) 4.0 (3.5–4.7)
New Jersey 1.6 (1.4–1.8) 3.8 (3.4–4.2)
New Mexico 1.7 (1.5–2.0) 4.0 (3.5–4.6)
New York 1.6 (1.5–1.7) 4.0 (3.8–4.3)
North Carolina 1.7 (1.5–1.9) 3.8 (3.4–4.3)
North Dakota 1.8 (1.6–2.0) 4.2 (3.7–4.6)
Ohio 1.9 (1.7–2.0) 4.3 (3.9–4.8)
Oklahoma 1.5 (1.3–1.8) 3.9 (3.3–4.7)
Oregon 1.8 (1.6–2.0) 4.5 (3.9–5.0)
Pennsylvania 1.6 (1.4–1.8) 4.0 (3.5–4.4)
Rhode Island 1.6 (1.4–1.9) 3.7 (3.3–4.1)
South Carolina 2.2 (1.9–2.7) 4.7 (4.3–5.0)
South Dakota 1.8 (1.6–2.4) 4.4 (3.5–5.8)
Tennessee 2.1 (1.8–2.5) 4.5 (3.9–5.1)
Texas 1.8 (1.6–2.1) 4.3 (3.8–4.9)
Utah 1.5 (1.3–1.7) 4.2 (3.7–4.7)
Vermont 2.1 (1.8–2.5) 4.8 (4.4–5.8)
Virginia 1.8 (1.6–2.0) 4.7 (4.1–5.4)
Washington 1.6 (1.4–1.7) 3.9 (3.6–4.3)
West Virginia 1.9 (1.7–2.4) 4.9 (4.4–6.0)
Wisconsin 1.6 (1.4–1.8) 4.1 (3.6–4.5)
Wyoming 1.9 (1.6–2.3) 4.6 (3.8–5.7)

Source: Binge drinking frequency among adults aged ≥18 years who binge drank in the past 30 days, by state — Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2021* Abbreviation: CI = confidence interval. * Due to 2021 data not being available, 2020 data were used for Florida’s estimates. † Number of binge drinking occasions in the past 30 days among adults who reported binge drinking.

Excessive alcohol consumption the United States $249 billion in 2010. This cost amounts to about $2.05 per drink, or about $807 per person. Costs due to excessive drinking largely resulted from losses in workplace productivity (72% of the total cost), health care expenses (11%), and other costs due to a combination of criminal justice expenses, motor vehicle crash costs, and property damage. Excessive alcohol use cost states and DC a median of $3.5 billion in 2010, ranging from $488 million in North Dakota to $35 billion in California. Binge drinking was responsible for about three-quarters (77%) of the cost of excessive alcohol use in all states and DC. About $2 of every $5 of the economic costs of excessive alcohol use were paid by federal, state, and local governments.

Location Total Cost ($) Cost per drink ($) Cost per capita ($)
Alabama 3,724,300,000 2.27 779
Alaska 827,200,000 2.25 1,165
Arizona 5,946,400,000 2.27 930
Arkansas 2,073,300,000 2.27 711
California 35,010,600,000 2.44 940
Colorado 5,056,500,000 2.14 1,005
Connecticut 3,029,000,000 2.04 847
Delaware 803,800,000 1.64 895
District of Columbia 918,400,000 2.14 1,526
Florida 15,322,200,000 1.82 815
Georgia 6,930,900,000 2.12 715
Hawaii 937,400,000 1.58 689
Idaho 1,137,900,000 1.62 726
Illinois 9,715,700,000 1.86 757
Indiana 4,468,200,000 1.96 689
Iowa 1,933,600,000 1.59 635
Kansas 2,075,800,000 2.18 728
Kentucky 3,194,500,000 2.36 736
Louisiana 3,801,400,000 1.91 839
Maine 938,700,000 1.58 707
Maryland 4,964,700,000 2.22 860
Massachusetts 5,634,600,000 1.93 861
Michigan 8,161,700,000 2.10 826
Minnesota 3,886,400,000 1.74 733
Mississippi 2,277,400,000 2.05 768
Missouri 4,603,600,000 1.83 769
Montana 870,800,000 1.73 880
Nebraska 1,166,500,000 1.61 639
Nevada 2,296,300,000 1.49 850
New Hampshire 959,900,000 0.92 729
New Jersey 6,175,200,000 1.70 702
New Mexico 2,232,900,000 2.77 1,084
New York 16,330,200,000 2.28 843
North Carolina 7,034,200,000 2.11 738
North Dakota 487,600,000 1.40 725
Ohio 8,519,800,000 2.10 739
Oklahoma 3,081,200,000 2.49 821
Oregon 3,520,200,000 2.08 919
Pennsylvania 9,544,200,000 1.92 751
Rhode Island 886,500,000 1.82 842
South Carolina 3,982,900,000 2.13 861
South Dakota 598,200,000 1.59 735
Tennessee 4,683,800,000 2.25 738
Texas 18,820,600,000 1.99 748
Utah 1,636,100,000 2.74 592
Vermont 513,000,000 1.66 820
Virginia 6,126,000,000 2.06 766
Washington 5,805,100,000 2.23 863
West Virginia 1,334,900,000 2.20 720
Wisconsin 4,452,900,000 1.62 783
Wyoming 593,100,000 2.33 1,052

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What is the #1 country for alcoholism?

Alcohol use disorders or alcoholism (1) refers to a serious disease or disorder distinguished by uncontrolled drinking. This could be due to emotional and physical dependence as well as a preoccupation with alcohol consumption. People suffering from alcohol use disorders may have issues controlling their drinking.

Treatment for alcoholism includes medications and counselling, and sometimes detoxification to assist the person stop drinking safely. According to the WHO – World Health Organization, ( 2 ) the statistics on alcohol addiction are a real concern globally, with over three million deaths each year. It was the seventh leading risk factor of death and had become a global burden.

Americans use an average of 8.7 liters of pure alcohol for every capita yearly; this is equivalent to 29.0 handles of vodka for every individual a year. The amount of pure alcohol consumed also differs considerably between countries. The recent statistics are from the global status report on alcohol consumption patterns and rates in every country from 2004, which recorded the proportion of females and males, fifteen years old and above, with alcoholism is quite worrying.

Which jobs drink the most?

Professions with the Highest Rates of Alcohol Abuse – Data gathered by SAMHSA outlines the professions that experience the highest rates of alcohol abuse.

Lawyers: Some reports suggest as many as one in five attorneys struggles with problem drinking, including binge and heavy drinking. This is twice the national rate. Nurses and other healthcare professionals: About 4 percent of healthcare and social assistance professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, and case managers, reported heavy alcohol consumption in the prior month. A 2014 study found that 15.3 percent of physicians, specifically, struggled with alcohol abuse or dependence. A 2012 survey found that, in a self-reported survey of alcohol consumption patterns, over 15 percent of surgeons who responded had scores consistent with alcohol abuse or dependence, Mining: These workers showed the highest rates of heavy alcohol use, with 17.5 percent of those in the mining industry reporting past-month heavy drinking. Construction: In the month prior to the survey, 16.5 percent of those working in the construction field drank heavily. Hospitality and food services: Among those working in hotels, restaurants, bars, and related locales, 11.8 percent drank heavily in the prior month. Arts and entertainment: Among entertainers, artists, and those working in recreational industries, 11.5 percent reported drinking heavily in the prior month. Management: About 9 percent of white-collar professionals in management positions reported heavy consumption of alcohol in the past month. Real estate: About 5 percent of individuals working in real estate, leasing, and rental professions reported struggling with heavy alcohol consumption in the month before the survey. Finance and insurance: Among people who work in the financial and insurance sectors, 7.4 percent reported drinking heavily in the prior month. Educational services: Among teachers, school administrators, professors, tutors, substitute teachers, and others in the education field, 4.7 percent reported heavily abusing alcohol in the month before the survey.

Who are the heaviest drinkers?

Libation Nations – How Many People Are Alcoholics Belarus, a small landlocked country in Europe, consumed the greatest average number of liters of pure alcohol per capita. On average, its citizens consumed 14.4 liters each year, over 1.5 times more than Americans. While the Belarusian government was quick to deny the statistics published by WHO, national anti-alcohol programs were implemented in order to decrease the level of consumption.

  1. Russia, known for its heavy consumption of vodka, drank an average of 11.5 liters of pure alcohol each year, less than the average of five other countries.
  2. While it still makes the top 10, the stereotype of Russians and vodka may be dwindling as Putin has been cracking down on illegal alcohol consumption in light of numerous deaths.

Ireland, Luxembourg, and Slovakia consumed slightly less, all drinking an average of 11.4 liters per capita. The U.S. claimed the 25th spot, drinking an average of 8.7 liters of pure alcohol per capita annually.

Why people don t drink alcohol?

How to respond when someone asks why you aren’t drinking – They should never ask why in the first place, but they probably will. “People are asking innocently,” Campbell says, “yet they may not realize that they are being unintentionally hurtful or raising a subject that the person doesn’t want to talk about.” If questions do arise, here are some examples of what to say:

“I don’t drink.””I don’t like the way I feel on it.””I’m practicing wellness.””I’m the designated driver.””I have an allergy to alcohol.””Drinking goes against my religious beliefs.””I don’t want to.””I don’t drink anymore.””I’m in recovery.””I don’t feel like drinking tonight.”

What percentage of society is alcoholics?

Alcoholism Stats – With the American relationship with alcohol being what it is, it’s hardly surprising that so many people suffer from an alcohol use disorder. More than 6 percent of adults in the U.S. have an alcohol use disorder, about 1 in 12 men and 1 in 25 women.

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