Excessive alcohol use is responsible for more than 95,000 deaths in the United States each year, or 261 deaths per day.
Alcohol addiction. It is a crisis and an epidemic of a nationwide scale, one of the most underreported and insufficiently discussed public health problems in the United States. And sadly, even though treatment options do exist, fewer than 10% of alcohol addicts ever receive such treatment.
At one time, the expectation of rehab success was abstinence. Now, it's more often the expectation that a person maintains compliance with a medication regimen. Have we given up on the concept of being fully drug-free after rehab?
According to the Treatment Episode Data Set Report (a research project done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), about 50 percent of treatment center admissions in rural America are for alcohol.
Unfortunately, from the viewpoint of treatment, alcoholism has as one of its characteristics that the drinker will almost always deny that he has an alcohol problem.
The options for alcohol addiction treatment vary hugely, from the prescription of drugs that are intended to make a person sick if they drink, to a continuous course of hundreds of meetings at support groups.