It’s no secret that alcohol is the most prevalent drug used in the United States of America. With its wide availability, low price, and socially acceptable status, many would be alcoholics fly under the radar for years at a time. Many studies in the past have reported the supposed health benefits of low to moderate drinking, but new evidence continues to support the fact that no amount of alcohol is a safe amount (especially for a person suffering from alcohol or substance use disorder).
According to the NSDUH – The National Survey on Drug Use and Health – over 85% of people aged 18 or older reported that they have used alcohol within their lifetime, with 55% reporting use within the previous month and 70% reporting use within the year. It’s no wonder that alcoholism doesn’t get the attention that the disease deserves; many people consider alcoholics simply “heavy drinkers”, with the notion that suggests that they just need to cut down on the amount they drink. For an alcoholic, no amount of alcohol is a safe amount.