Quick Facts: Drinking Vs. Drugs

Written By: Calvin Pegus

With the current opioid epidemic raging across America at unprecedented levels, many may believe that addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin are powerful drugs that have placed alcohol abuse in the shadows. But it is important to remember that the number of Americans abusing alcohol have consistently remained the same. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), alcohol addiction is the number one admittance to treatment centers across the nation. Alcohol can have short-term risks that can involve intimate partner violence, alcohol poisoning, risky sexual behavior, homicide, suicide to name a few. Long-term effects of course can increase problems with one’s physical, mental, social health. Finding help for yourself or a loved one may be the best chance a full recovery. SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. SAMHSA’s also provides Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.