Prevalence and Incidence of Alcoholism


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Alcoholism usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Alcoholism at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Alcoholism refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Alcoholism diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Alcoholism: estimated 15.1 million people: 15.1 million alcohol-abusing or alcohol-dependent individuals and 4.6 million are women (NWHIC); nearly 14 million Americans (NIAAA)
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 18 or 5.55% or 15.1 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Alcoholism: Currently, nearly 14 million Americans—1 in every 13 adults—abuse alcohol or are alcoholic.1

Prevelance of Alcoholism discussion: Currently, nearly 14 million Americans—1 in every 13 adults—abuse alcohol or are alcoholic. Several million more adults engage in risky drinking that could lead to alcohol problems. These patterns include binge drinking and heavy drinking on a regular basis. In addition, 53 percent of men and women in the United States report that one or more of their close relatives have a drinking problem.   1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Alcoholism Getting the Facts: NIAAA

Last revision: April 10, 2003

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