Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services
Airport Executive Plaza
1321 Murfreesboro Pike Suite 155
Nashville, TN 37217
Phone: 615-780-5901 email@example.com
Things You Need To Know
More than one-half of American adults have a close family member who has or has had alcoholism.
Research was conducted in 1998 to determine the total cost attributable to the consequences of underage drinking. The cost was more than $58 billion per year, based on year 2000 dollars.
In 1992, the estimated productivity loss for employees with past or current alcoholism was $66.7 billion. Productivity losses were greatest for male employees who initiated drinking before age 15.
In a survey of 18- to 24-year-old current drinkers who failed to complete high school, nearly 60 percent had begun to drink before age 16.
In 1999, the average American drank 32 gallons of beer compared to 51 gallons of soft drinks, 24 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of coffee.
Men who consume more than two alcoholic drinks per day are at increased risk for cancer, cerebrovascular disease, accidents, and violence.
Long-term, heavy alcohol use is the
leading cause of illness and death from liver disease in the
In 1996, about 2 million (38%) of the estimated 5.3 million convicted offenders under the jurisdiction of corrections’ agencies were drinking at the time of the offense.
Forty percent of ninth-grade students reported having consumed alcohol before they were age 13. In contrast, only 26.2 percent of ninth graders reported having smoked cigarettes, and 11.6 percent reported having used marijuana before they were age 13.
Forty-one percent of ninth-grade students
reported drinking in the past month, while only 24 percent
reported smoking in the past month.
Almost one-fourth of ninth graders
reported binge drinking (having had five or more drinks on one
occasion) in the past month.
The gap between alcohol use by boys and girls has closed. Among ninth graders, girls consume alcohol and binge drink at rates almost equal to boys.
More than 40 percent of individuals who start drinking before the age of 13 will develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence at some point in their lives.
If drinking is delayed until age 21, a child's risk of serious alcohol problems is decreased by 70 percent.
According to a 1995 national survey of fourth through sixth graders who read the Weekly Reader, 30 percent of students reported that they received "a lot" of pressure from their classmates to drink beer.
According to this same 1995 Weekly Reader survey, more than half (54%) of fourth through sixth graders reported learning about the dangers of illicit drugs at school, but fewer than a third (30%) learned about the dangers of drinking and smoking at school.
Among eighth graders, students with higher grade point averages reported less alcohol use in the past month.
Research indicates that adolescents who use alcohol may remember 10 percent less of what they have learned than those who don’t drink.
Among eighth graders, higher truancy rates were associated with greater rates of alcohol use in the past month.
One national study found that students are less likely to use alcohol if they are socially accepted by people at school, and feel that teachers treat students fairly.
In a survey of seventh- through
twelfth-grade teachers, 76 percent felt that underage student
drinking was a serious or somewhat serious problem. THE
A study of fifth- and sixth-grade
students found that those who demonstrated an awareness of beer
ads also held more favorable beliefs about drinking and intended
to drink more frequently when they grew up.
In a study conducted in 38 States and the District of Columbia, areas with greater numbers of drinking establishments had higher rates of alcoholism.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the 21-year-old minimum drinking age laws have saved 21,887 lives since the mid-1970s.
Among drivers aged 15-20, fatal crashes involving a single vehicle at night are three times more likely than other fatal crashes to be alcohol-related.
Source: Leadership to Keep Children
Alcohol Free, http://www.alcoholfreechildren.org, individual
sources listed on site.
TAADAS Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday each month 10 AM - Noon at the TAADAS office conference room.