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8 Sad Statistics about Alcoholism in the U.S. 1.) Retentions and success rates are very low - the fact is that many people find 12 step programs to not actually work from them.

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									    8 Sad Statistics about Alcoholism in the U.S.
    1.) Retentions and success rates are very low- the fact is that many people find 12
        step programs to not actually work from them. That is not to say that 12 step
        programs are inefficient, only that they are not suitable for every individual
        suffering from alcoholism. However, any program can work if you put in enough
        initiative. Go ahead and give the 12 step program a try if you have been
        interested.
    2.) 15 million people in the United States are affected by alcohol abuse or
        alcoholism. This is a staggering statistic and not to mention that over 50 percent
        of the United States population over 18 years of age drink alcohol. This shows
        how sever alcoholism is in the United States and there are many programs
        instilled to help the masses suffering from this disease.
    3.) Alcohol Abuse kills brain cells. And even worse, drinking alcohol kills the brain
        cells in the hippocampus of the brain that are necessary for judgment; judgment
        of when to stop drinking for instance. Thankfully, the brain is a marvelous organ
        and can rebuild new brain cells after detox. How long does it take to detox from
        alcohol?
    4.) Detox generally takes 3-4 days. This is a long period of time that most people
        find incapable of making through it without professional and medical help. Of
        course, everyone is different and different time periods and medical needs
        during detox will vary from person to person.
    5.) What happens when you stop drinking alcohol? Well there will be the onset of
        withdrawal symptoms of course as well as urges to use. Withdrawal symptoms
        range in degree and intensity. Where one person may mainly suffer from severe
        migraine like headaches and irritability, another may only experience minor
        headaches, but tendencies of violence and anxiety. A lot of these symptoms are
        caused by your body’s reaction to withdrawal from alcohol, while others are the
        person’s own reaction to the process of withdrawal or detox.
    6.) Deaths caused by alcoholism are most prominent in Native Americans. In fact
        there are 6 times the amounts of deaths caused by alcoholism in Native
        Americans than in any other American citizen.
    7.) Whether or not alcoholism is genetic is still debatable. There has not been
        sufficient evidence for either case yet. More research specifically on the subject
        will needs be performed before adequate conclusions may be drawn.
    8.) Alcoholism significantly increases your risk for cancer. Studies have shown that
        alcohol can increase the chances of lung cancer by 50 percent, colon cancer by
        80 percent, and throat cancer by a whopping 700 percent!

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