The abuse of alcohol continues to be the leading cause of admission to rehab programs in Rhode Island. During 2006 there were a total of 4,664 admissions to Rhode Island alcohol rehab programs. When comparing alcohol related admissions to the total number of admissions to rehabs in Rhode Island from the use of any illicit substance, the abuse of alcohol only accounted for 24.5% of all admissions and the abuse of alcohol with the use of a secondary drug accounted for 14.3% of all rehab admissions. Considering that the abuse of alcohol accounted for approximately 39% of all admissions to Rhode Island rehab programs it is obvious that alcohol abuse is widespread throughout the state. Additional statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that Rhode Island has consistently been ranked among the 10 states with the highest rates of past month alcohol use as well as past month binge alcohol use. Further data indicates that rates of past year alcohol dependence in Rhode Island have also consistently been among the 10 highest in the country.
Underage Drinking in Rhode Island
During 2007, underage drinking accounted for 5% of all admissions to alcohol treatment, with 213 youth age 12-20 attending an alcohol rehab program. These statistics are very alarming considering that approximately 52,000 underage youth in Rhode Island drink each year, and statistics prove that these underage drinkers are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence and are two and a half times more likely to become abusers of alcohol. Additional reports from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System indicate that 43% of Rhode Island high school students had at least one drink of alcohol on one or more occasion in the past 30 days, and 23% had reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. There are many youth alcohol rehab programs in Rhode Island available for underage drinkers. If you know of an underage drinker who you believe has a problem with alcohol, or if you are developing a dependency on alcohol, help is only a phone call away.
Alcohol Treatment in Rhode Island
Rhode Island has consistently had rates of unmet alcohol treatment above the national average. During 2005 alone there was an estimated 75,000 citizens in Rhode Island with an alcohol addiction, and less than 5,000 of these citizens had attended an alcohol rehab program. Leaving approximately 70,000 individuals suffering from alcoholism with out alcohol treatment. The more alarming situation is that these numbers are growing every year as more citizens are developing a dependence on alcohol, and more youth age 12-20 are also drinking which greatly increases the risk of developing alcohol dependence at a later age. If you or a loved one are suffering from alcoholism, you have already made a very important step in admitting there is a need for alcohol rehabilitation. Help from an alcohol rehab program is only a phone call away, pick up the phone and take the next step on the road to alcohol recovery.