Check out this quick list of alcoholism facts.

I'm sure you'll be surprised at some of the items in this list.

Alcoholism cuts across gender, race, and nationality.

Learning about the disease and how to protect yourself from it is essential.
Here are the ten facts on alcoholism you should know (at least in my opinion).

The Top Ten Facts on Alcoholism:

1. For most adults, moderate drinking is considered to be - up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.

2. Research shows that the risk of developing alcoholism does indeed run in families. One study showed there is a three- to four- fold prevalence of alcohol dependence among first-degree relatives to an alcoholic when compared to people of the general population.

3. Alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse cost the United States an estimated $220 billion in 2005. This dollar amount was more than the cost associated with cancer ($196 billion) and obesity ($133 billion).

4. Alcohol and caffeine are the two most widely abused substances in the world.

5. According to the NIAAA (The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), in the United States, 17.6 million people-about l in every 12 adults-abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent.

6. It is not safe to drink during pregnancy. Although the highest risk is to babies whose mothers drink heavily, it is not clear yet whether there is any completely safe level of alcohol during pregnancy.

7. Alcohol problems are highest among young adults ages 18-29 and lowest among adults ages 65 and older.

8. Alcohol affects older people differently. Alcohol's effects do vary with age. Slower reaction times, problems with hearing and seeing, and a lower tolerance to alcohol's effects put older people at higher risk for falls, car crashes, and other types of injuries that may result from drinking.

9. Alcohol affects women differently than men. Women become more impaired than men do after drinking the same amount of alcohol, even when differences in body weight are taken into account. This is because women's bodies have less water than men's bodies.

10. Studies have shown that moderate drinkers are less likely to die from one form of heart disease than are people who do not drink any alcohol or who drink more.

These are just a small portion of the alcoholism facts out there. But these are just that, alcoholism facts.

If you think you might have a problem with alcohol and you want help then visit my website - details in the resource box below,

By the way in which country do you think 48 percent of men binge drink at least once a week?

According to a London Press Associated study, 48% of Irish men binge drink at least once a week, compared to 40% in England and 9% in France.

Author's Bio: 

Charles Somerville has more alcoholism statistics and information about how to get help and treatment for alcoholism on his site at