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Information About AUD

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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a medical condition that is diagnosed when a person’s drinking causes distress or harm.

Statistics

Approximately 15 million adults in the United States have an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Approximately 88,000 people (62,000 men and 26,000 women) die each year from alcohol-related causes.  Alcohol is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

More than 10 percent of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems.

Heavy alcohol use is defined by the NIAAA as…

  • For men: more than five standard drinks (SD) or more on any single day and more than 15 SD over the course of a week.
  • For women:  more than four SD or more on any single day and more than eight SD over the course of a week.

Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 g/dL or higher….. typically four SD or more for women or five SD or more for men, in about two hours.

Alcohol use is the primary cause of approximately 45 percent of all liver disease deaths.

Alcohol use is the primary cause of appromximately 48 percent of all cirrhosis deaths.

Alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, liver and breast.

Source: https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AlcoholFacts&Stats/AlcoholFacts&Stats.pdf