Alcohol abuse and addiction is a serious problem across the globe, and while there are many issues with this type of substance abuse in the United States, surprisingly America is not one of the top ten alcohol consuming countries. The countries struggling most with alcoholism, (including Belarus, Moldova, and Lithuania), are experiencing severe issues with alcohol abuse where large percentages of the population are already dependent or addicted, and alcohol consumption is at a dizzyingly high rate. Still, it continues to be necessary for the United States to focus on dealing with alcohol abuse issues at home as many people are suffering from alcoholism.
Looking abroad, in Belarus 11 percent of the country’s residents is suffering from a physical dependence on alcohol. In Moldova, the residents each drink about 16 liters of alcohol every year. While the US is not suffering from an alcohol abuse issue of these same proportions, 15.1 million Americans are believed to be struggling with alcohol dependence while only 1.4 million actually seek the professional treatment they need to get sober.
The United States is working in tandem with the World Health Organization to make changes to these issues at home and abroad, but there are also changes you can make in your life to minimize alcohol-related issues. Making sure you understand the difference between safe alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse is key, and you can also help by encouraging anyone you know who is suffering from an alcohol use disorder to get the help they need.