Asked in Alcoholism
How many alcoholics in the US?
October 31, 2011 2:44AM
Way too many to count. Any number that we are given will not count all the people that abuse alcohol. It's sad.
It varies wildly by ethnic group with western Europeans and Scandinavia having the lowest percent and Native Americans and Eskimos having the highest percent.
In the US in general it's predicted that 10-15% are alcoholics and another 10-15% are problem drinkers that may well become alcoholics. One of the reasons hard data is hard to get is because most alcoholic tend to isolate and lie about their consumption to everyone including themselves. Becoming active and staying active in AA is still the best method of getting sober and staying sober. Treatment centers can get you sober but upon release you still have the same problems in other areas of your life and thus the cycle starts once again. I know a lot about this subject since not only am I an alcoholic I study about it.