Alcohol Use Disorder is the most prevalent Substance Use Disorder

An estimated 16 million people in the United States have alcohol use disorder, ranging from mild to severe, making it the most prevalent form of substance use disorder among adults. An average of 88,000 people dies from alcohol-related causes every year. These numbers tend to shock people because excessive and heavy alcohol use has been more normalized compared to other substances and alcohol does not have the same stigma that many other substances do. Because alcohol has become ingrained in mainstream American culture, it has become harder for people to distinguish between someone who drinks in moderation and a person who is suffering from alcohol addiction.

Further, the stereotype of an “alcoholic” at rock bottom who drinks all day and can’t hold a job does not reflect most people living with alcohol use disorders. One of those people could be your coworker, who comes to work on time every morning, cleanly shaven and impeccably dressed, and finishes every task, then goes home and drinks until passed out. Or your neighbor down the street, who juggles raising kids and working a full-time job while never missing one of their games but drinks an entire bottle of wine after putting the kids to bed. The same one who puts the empty bottles in your trash can.

While alcohol seems much safer to many, the reality is that it is not. Alcohol use can have some of the same dire effects on individuals that other substances can have. We alcohol use disorder all likely know someone with or affected by alcohol addiction. The best thing to do for them is to offer them support and encourage them to seek out professional treatment.

The experienced and compassionate clinical professionals at Soul Sanctuary can help. Soul Sanctuary has worked to ensure that everyone battling an addiction receives the treatment they need to change their lives for the better and begin their journey to life-long recovery.

If someone you know is struggling with alcohol use disorder, visit or call 800-772-1097 to learn more about our treatment programs.