The Impact of Alcohol
Abuse on American Society
of traffic fatalities annually related to drugs and/or alcohol
related crashes kills someone in the U.S. every 22 minutes. At any
minute, one of 50 drivers on the road is drunk and every weekend
night, one out of 10 is drunk.
to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, there are 105,000
alcohol related deaths annually due to drunken drivers and alcohol
related injuries and diseases. AFA journal - 6/90
related accidents are the leading cause of deaths among young
people. Dallas Times - Sat., 6/9/90
damage caused by alcohol impaired drivers is the same as if a Boeing
747 with over 500 passengers crashed every eight days killing
drivers are responsible for 1/2 of highway fatal injuries.
people each day die on our highways due to alcohol. California
Capitol Report - 11/89
1988, 25,000 Americans were killed in auto accidents involving
alcohol. Over one half million were injured. AFA journal - 1/90
of handgun or violent crimes annually related to drugs and/or alcohol
and Number of murders annually related to drugs and/or alcohol?
half of all traffic accidents are alcohol related. U.S.A. Today -
estimated 23,200 murdered in U.S. last year Newsweek - 3/25/91
all murders, alcohol was involved in at least 34% of cases.
- More than 1/2 of rapists had been drinking.
abuse - mothers convicted are 3 times more likely to be alcoholics -
fathers 10 times more likely.
- Up to 36% of victims were drinking just before. Prodigy Services
Co. - 3/3/92
drinking is involved in 60% of violent crimes, 30% of suicides, and
80% of fire and drowning accidents.
suicide rate of alcoholics is 30 times that of the general
population. AFA journal - 1/90
percentage of households that were scenes of violent crime or of
burglary or property crime in 1989 was 24.9%. LA Times - 9/3/90
men arrested for serious crime in 12 major cities, 53% (in Phoenix)
to 79% (New York) tested positive for illicit drugs in voluntary
urine analysis at time of arrest. Insight - 2/29/89
2/3 of people arrested in larger cities for felonies. . .test
positive for illegal drugs. Economist - 1/21/89
cost to health! insurance industry related to drugs and/or alcohol.
than half of all confirmed abuse reports and 75% of child deaths
involve drug or alcohol abuse on the part of the parents. Time -
use of alcohol cost $15 billion (1983) for health care and
economic cost of alcohol abuse is projected to be $150 billion in
1995. Alcohol & Health - U.S. dept. of H.H.S. 1/90
economic cost of Americaís drug habit is somewhere between $50
billion and $100 billion a year. (Does not include alcohol)
Economist - 1/21/89
of babies born annually with problems related to drugs and/or alcohol.
of 1,000 live births have fetal alcohol syndrome.
& Health - U.S. Dept. of H.H.S. - 1/90
is costing one half billion dollars per year to treat F.A.S. and
is estimated that 375,000 babies born each year are exposed to one
or more illicit drugs prenatally.
Office of National Drug Control Policy uses an estimate of 100,000
drug exposed babies per year. Maternal Drug Abuse and Drug Exposed
children - U.S. Dept. of H.H. S. - 9/92
cost of government to prepare drug babies to enter kindergarten will
soon reach $15 billion per year. Readerís Digest - 2/91
than 1,000 babies a day are being born drug damaged. More than
100,000 per year are "crack babies." CBS Nightly News -
related to drug use.
appeared in Rescue Magazine, Winter 1994. Bi-monthly journal of the
International Union of Gospel Missions.
baby with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome will cost $405,000 in direct
special services from birth to 65 years. San Diego County Dept. of
got AIDS at a faster rate than gays or IV drug users 30-40% of
children born to infected women are HIV positive. Newsweek - 6/25/90
in 2,200 infants born in the U.S. in 1989 was infected with HIV.
Journal of A.M.A. - 4/3/91
acquired.. .AIDS is the 9th leading cause of death among children 1
to 4 years.
of all pediatric AIDS cases are attributed to transmission from
mothers at risk for HIV infection. IV drug abuse is a major
contributing factor. Nearly 75% of Pediatric AIDS is attributed to
maternal transmission involving IV drug use. Maternal Drug Abuse and
Drug Exposed Children