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The Statistics used below are based on material in a statement by Vernon E. Wilson, M.D., before the Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics, March 18, 1971. Dr. Wilson is the Administrator of Health Services and Mental Health Administration, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
— From The American Issue
Americans harmed directly or indirectly because of alcoholism or problem drinking.
alcoholics or problem drinkers.
new cases of alcoholism each year.
of the 50,000 killed in traffic accidents each year had alcohol in their blood at the time of the accident.
disabling injuries are suffered in crashes involving problem drinkers.
or more than half of the 60,000 non-highway accidental deaths are alcohol involved.
death certificates annually list alcoholism or alcoholic psychoses as cause.
(approximate) arrests each year for public drunkenness = 40% of all non-traffic arrests.
latest annual expenditure by Americans for alcohol.
annual economic drain because of alcoholism - in lost work time, health and welfare costs, property damages, etc.
(approximate) of the 400,000 patients in state mental hospitals are under treatment for the problem of alcoholism.
the states report alcoholism the most frequent diagnosis for first admissions to state hospitals.
of all suicides are alcohol-related.
of all homicides are alcohol-related.
in the number of alcoholics admitted to state hospitals.
10-12 YEAR DECREASE
in life expectancy of every alcoholic.
to estimate human suffering related to alcohol.