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  1. Alcohol use disorder affects 15.1 million adults in the U.S. and affects men nearly twice as much as women.
  2. An estimated 31% of driving fatalities in the U.S. in 2014 were caused by alcohol-impaired driving.
  3. Alcohol abuse cost the U.S. an estimated $249 billion in 2010 — 75% of which was related to binge drinking.
  4. Alcohol abuse is the 5th leading risk factor for early death and disability around the globe.
  5. More than 13% of U.S. youth between the ages of 12 and 20 engage in binge drinking regularly.
  6. Roughly 58% of full-time college students between the ages of 18 and 22 drink alcohol regularly compared to just over 48% of non-college students in the same age group.
  7. An estimated 20% of U.S. college students meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder.
  8. One in every four college students say alcohol abuse has caused them to miss class, fall behind on assignments, demonstrate poor academic performance, and receive lower grades.
  9. Roughly 47% of all liver disease deaths in 2015 among people aged 12 and older involved alcohol.
  10. One in 10 children live in homes where at least one parent suffers from alcohol use disorder.
  11. Of the 139.7 million current alcohol users in the U.S. aged 12 and older, 23% classify as binge drinkers and 6.2% classify as heavy drinkers.
  12. Excessive alcohol use in the U.S. between 2006 and 2010 led to a shocking 2.5 million years of potential life lost every year, shortening the lives of the 88,000 people who died by an average of 30 years.
  13. An estimated 5.8% of all cancer deaths around the world are associated with alcohol use.
  14. Between 56% and 92% of alcohol users suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders like schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder.
  15. The risk for miscarriage or spontaneous abortion increases 4-fold when pregnant women consume alcohol during the first trimester.
  16. A recent survey found that roughly 40% of U.S. adults aged 65 and older drink alcohol, which can lead to serious problems for those who use certain medications or who already have medical conditions.
  17. About 15% of adults diagnosed with alcohol use disorder meet criteria for a drug use disorder.
  18. Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. after tobacco and a combination of poor nutrition and low activity level.
  19. Alcohol use contributed to 5.1% of disease and injury around the globe in 2012, most notably that related to liver cirrhosis, cancer, and alcohol dependence.
  20. Nearly 48% of all cirrhosis deaths in 2013 were alcohol-related.
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