More than 15 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse


“It’s very prevalent within the United States,” said Sarah Mudd a therapist at SSM Health Treatment and Recovery Center at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles. “I was reading an article from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. And in 2015, 15.1 million American adults suffered from alcoholism. Now that was just in 2015 so you can imagine the numbers have greatly increased since then.”

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery from alcohol use. And only about 1.3 million adults — or 8.3 percent of those with a drinking problem — received specialized treatment for alcohol abuse.