The Vast Majority of Alcohol Consumed by Problem Drinkers

According to a study from our mates across the pond, nearly 70 percent of total alcohol sales in England are due to Brits with drinking problems.

The new study out of Southampton University finds approximately 69 percent of alcohol sales are consumed by those labeled “problem drinkers”—those whose drinking habits are potentially harmful to their health. In the United States, we would describe such persons as having an alcohol abuse problem, one that is commonly treated in alcohol rehab centers.

Of the 69 percent, 38 percent was consumed by so-called hazardous drinkers, who consume more than the U.K. guidelines of 14 units of alcohol a week for women and 21 units a week for men (in the U.S., heavy drinking is defined as 8 or more drinks a week for women and 15 drinks a week for men). The rest was consumed by harmful drinkers, who consume more than 50 units of alcohol a week for men and 35 a week for women.

A recent report from Australia yielded similar results. According to The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, 20 percent of drinkers—some 3.8 million Australians—consume 74 percent of the nation’s alcohol annually.

While these numbers are for our friends abroad, the problem with booze extends from London all the way to Los Angeles. In the U.S. as well, those with drinking problems consume the majority of alcohol—as little as 10 percent of American drinkers make up 75 percent of all alcohol sales. Such people with an alcohol abuse problem should seek help at one of the many Los Angeles-area rehab centers, or similar facilities across the country.

Alcohol abuse can have many adverse consequences, such as kidney failure, alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis of the liver. Persons who consistently drink too much are risking their health every day and should consider treatment at local alcohol rehab centers.

From British and Australian beaches to the shores of Los Angeles, people need to overcome their unhealthy alcohol habits—before it’s too late.


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