Alcoholic Behavior Statistics


Due to the numerous negative and damaging consequences that are experienced or caused by alcoholics, it is not surprising that there are many statistics on alcoholics in alcoholism research and by alcohol addiction experts.

These statistics, however, are more than mere facts and interesting information.

Indeed, a focus on alcoholic behavior statistics usually makes an impact on people that they would not arrive at without such information.


Why Are Statistics On Alcoholics Necessary?

Because of the dangerous health problems experienced by alcoholics and due to their negative impact on the lives of others, there are numerous statistics on alcoholics.

The following represents some of these statistics on alcoholics:

  • 3 million Americans over the age of 60 are alcohol-dependent or alcohol abusers

  • 20% of suicide victims in the United States are alcoholics

  • Approximately 14 million people in the U.S. are addicted to alcohol or abuse alcohol

  • Alcohol is the third leading cause of the preventable deaths in the United States

  • Most alcoholics seeking treatment in the U.S. are in the 26-34 age group

  • In the U.S., 66% of the population consumes alcohol

  • An alcoholic will negatively impact the lives of 4 or 5 other Americans (such as associates, family, and friends) while under the influence of alcohol

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there were 17,000 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in each of the last three years

  • In the United States, more than 2 million people per year drive "under the influence"

  • In the U.S., approximately every two minutes, a person is injured in an alcohol-related accident

  • U.S. alcoholism statistics reported that 2.6 million binge drinkers in 2002 were between the ages of 12 and 17

  • In the U.S., beer accounts for four times as many alcohol-related traffic accident fatalities (80%) as liquor and wine (20%)

  • In the United States, almost three times as many men (9.8 million) as women (3.9 million) abuse alcohol or are alcohol-dependent

  • Recent U.S. statistics reveal that 79% of fatal crashes occurring from midnight to 3:00am involve alcohol.

  • In the United States, 10% of the drinkers drink 50% of all the alcohol that is consumed

  • In 2001, the highest rates for alcohol-related fatal crashes in the U.S. were recorded for drivers 21-24 years old (33%), followed by ages 25-34 (28%), and 35-44 (25%)

  • Every year in the United States, more than 500,000 people are injured in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents

  • 6.6 million American children under the age of 18 live in homes with at least one alcoholic parent

  • It is estimated that 30% of all Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident sometime during their lives

  • U.S. alcoholism statistics show that people who start using alcohol before the age of 15 are 4 times more likely to become alcoholic at some time in their lives, compared to those who start drinking at the legal age of 21

  • In the U.S., an average of one alcohol-related motor vehicle accident occurs every 30 minutes

  • Approximately 53% of adults in the United States report that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking problem

  • Most of the "problem drinkers" in the U.S. are in the 18 - 29 year old age group

  • 41% of all U.S. traffic fatalities are alcohol related

  • 8.1 million people in the U.S. are alcoholic

  • Approximately 43% of U.S. adults have had a child, parent, sibling or spouse who is or was an alcoholic

  • It is estimated that more than 3 million teenagers in the U.S. between the ages of 14-17 are problem drinkers

  • According to recent research, 62% of U.S. high school seniors reported that they have been drunk recently

Conclusion: Alcoholic Behavior Statistics

Because of the great number of alcohol-related health problems, fatalities, and injuries that are experienced by or caused by those who are alcohol dependent, there is an almost unlimited number of statistics on alcoholics that are available.


The important point to keep in mind regarding this article is the following: The more alcohol is consumed in an abusive manner, the more likely it is that the drinker will become an alcoholic.

If this describes you, then you need to be honest with yourself and admit that you have a drinking problem.

Once you have taken this step, consider making it a priority to talk with an alcohol abuse and alcoholism professional about getting alcohol treatment as soon as possible.