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How Has Alcoholism Touched Your Life?

The effects of alcoholism on individuals and communities include the following:

  • Alcoholism affects communities through increased crime rates. Where alcoholism rates are high, crime rates are high. The US Department of Justice Report on Alcohol and Crime indicates that alcohol abuse is a factor in 40 percent of violent crimes.
  • The impact of drunk driving on local communities is well documented. Lost lives, whether teenagers or older adults, is always tragic. Damages to life and property are extensive due to drunk driving.
  • Alcoholism affects worker productivity. The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information estimates that the cost to the American productivity is 100 billion a year.
  • Alcohol is a common factor in domestic abuse.
  • Health care costs of alcohol abuse are staggering for insurance companies, local hospitals, clinics and individuals.

Alcoholism is a disease that affects everyone.

Alcoholism Damages the School, Home and Workplace Environments

Alcoholism greatly impacts education, home life and the workplace in ways such as the following:

  • Students with alcohol problems suffer greatly. They may do poorly in school, or fail to graduate high school, and may have a life-long handicap in the workplace.
  • Domestic abuse is frequently exacerbated by alcoholism, with increased rates and levels of violence.
  • Children of alcoholics suffer greatly. A lack of consistent discipline in the home is often caused by an alcoholic parent. The non-alcoholic parent often has stress, anger and depression to deal with, which makes effective parenting very difficult.
  • Workers often are left to cover for the alcoholic, doing extra work on projects dumped on them by the alcoholic’s lack of initiative and effectiveness.

While a list of statistics that document the ways alcoholism affects the nation, states, and local communities is staggering, up close and personal the effects are perhaps most damaging

Counting the Cost

If you are affected by an alcoholic family member, colleague or friend, you can take steps to regain control in your life. There are organizations and clinics that can help you come to grips with the presence of an addict in your life. You don’t have to suffer alone.

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Call our toll-free number now to find out more about addiction and recovery. We are available 24 hours a day to listen to your questions and get you started on the path toward a normal life.