Statistics about Alcoholism


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Alcoholism. 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.

Medical statistics for Alcoholism:
  Associated medical condition statistics for Alcoholism: The following are statistics from various sources about associated diseases and Alcoholism:
Prevalence and incidence statistics for Alcoholism: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Alcoholism)
  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
Death and mortality statistics for Alcoholism:
  Deaths from Alcoholism: 19,171 persons died of alcohol-induced causes in 1999 USA (NVSR Sep 2001)
  Death statistics for Alcoholism: The following are statistics from various sources about deaths and Alcoholism:
  • 100,000 deaths each year in the US (Mayo Clinic)
  • 19,817 alcohol-induced deaths, excluding accidents and homicides, each year in the US 2001 (Deaths: Final Data for 2001, NCHS, CDC)
  • 27,035 deaths from alcohol related chronic liver disease and cirrhosis each year in the US 2001 (Deaths: Final Data for 2001, NCHS, CDC)

Society statistics for Alcoholism
  Costs for Alcoholism: $185 billion each year for alcoholism in the US (Mayo Clinic)
  Cost statistics for Alcoholism: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Alcoholism:
  • Estimated $52,123,000 spent in public hospitals on alcohol or drug use and disorders in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Estimated $17,172,000 spent in public hospitals on alcohol and drug use and disorders in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

  Hospitalization statistics for Alcoholism: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Alcoholism:
  • 0.26% (33,701) of hospital consultant episodes were for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 69% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 79% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10.4 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 41 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 82% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.53% (276,290) of hospital bed days were for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.012% (1,526) of hospital consultant episodes were for toxic effect of alcohol in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 92% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of alcohol required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of alcohol were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of alcohol were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 98% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of alcohol required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.3 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for toxic effect of alcohol in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for toxic effect of alcohol in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 24 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for toxic effect of alcohol in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 61% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of alcohol occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of alcohol occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of alcohol were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.003% (1,801) of hospital bed days were for toxic effect of alcohol in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia in psychiatric hospitals:
    • 944 hospital episodes in public psychiatric hospitals were for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 7.42% of hospitalisations in public psychiatric hospitals for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol were single day episodes in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 99% of hospitalisations in public psychiatric hospitals for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol at public psychiatric hospitals occurred in 0.5 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 31.6 days was the mean length of stay for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public psychiatric hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 34.1 days was the mean length of stay in public psychiatric hospitals for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia for public hospitals:
    • 0.005% (1) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males under 1 year old in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.005% (1) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males aged 1 to 4 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.8% (149) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males aged 5 to 14 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 8.72% (1,621) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males aged 15 to 24 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 14.89% (2,768) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males aged 25 to 34 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 23.15% (4,304) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males aged 35 to 44 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 27.43% (5,099) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males aged 45 to 54 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 16.1% (2,969) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males aged 55 to 64 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 5.2% (962) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males aged 65 to 74 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 3% (645) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males aged 75 to 84 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.24% (44) of hospital episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol in public hospitals occurred in males aged over 85 in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
  • alcohol related mental and behavioural disorders resulted in 13,864 hospitalisations in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW Hospital Morbidity Database 2001-02, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Alcohol related mental and behavioural disorders accounted for 82,708 patient days in hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW Hospital Morbidity Database 2001-02, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Alcoholism Getting the Facts: NIAAA

Last revision: April 10, 2003

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