Alcohol is the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world.
Alcoholism is the third leading cause of lifestyle-related death.
Approximately 51.5% of adults are current regular drinkers (CDC, 2011).
In 2008, 8.5% of adults in the U.S. met criteria for an alcohol use disorder (NESARC).
In 2008, more than 12 million Americans suffered from alcoholism and 40-50 million families were affected (National Library of Medicine, NIAAA, NIH)
Approximately 80,000 deaths are attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the U.S. (CDC, 2013).
Alcohol use is in involved in 83% of homicides, 72% of child violence occurrences, 75% intimate partner violence, more than 73% of felonies, and 64% of traffic deaths (CDC, NIAAA, and The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 2008).}In 2010, alcohol-induced deaths, excluding accidents and homicides were 25,692 (CDC).
Economic cost of alcohol addiction was an estimated 223.5 billion dollars in 2006 (CDC).
Thirty to 80% of suicides are alcohol-related (Murphy, 1992).
This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.
1 credit hour
Author: Kimberly Choiniere, LMSW