Alcohol Treatment Can Save Years of Potentially Lost Life.

Sadly, as an industry, we measure cost not only in dollars, but in death and destruction as well. According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, in 2013 “more than half of the U.S. adult population drank alcohol in the past 30 days. Approximately 17% of the adult population reported binge drinking, and 6% of the adult population reported heavy drinking.” As a result, studies show (ARDI application) that from 2006 to 2010 excessive alcohol use was responsible for an annual average of “88,000 deaths, including 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years, and 2.5 million years of potential life lost. More than half of these deaths and three-quarters of the years of potential life lost were due to binge drinking.” The same study shows that from a dollar perspective, problems with alcohol cost the US $249 billion in 2010. The average per state cost from this figure is about $3.5 billion. These costs were characterized by losses in workplace productivity, health care costs, legal expenses, traffic accidents, and overall property damage.

How Do I Find Alcohol Treatment Utah?

Navigating the digital space to find alcohol treatment Utah can be frustrating at best. Unfortunately, there are some players out there who are not in the industry with the best interest of you or your family in mind. If you are looking for treatment, our previous blog post, “Rehab Centers in Utah”, will be extremely insightful and helpful for you. However, if you are reading this blog, you have most likely found your way to Brighton Recovery Center’s web page or one of our affiliates. The best thing to do is to pick up the phone and call us or fill out our web form to request information and we will call you. We can help in so many ways, even if you just have a barrage of questions. We can refer you to any level of care you might need, even if it is not with us. We have a lot of resources that you can take advantage of such as free, in-person community support for those that are local and feeling hopeless.

Alcohol addiction is not new, and it certainly isn’t new in Utah. The effects of excessive alcohol use still devastate our communities and families. We know that prevention and treatment works, and the overall stigma and access to care have improved over the years. It’s time to do something about the issue that is plaguing your life in one way or another. This is the first day of the rest of your life.


Jonathan Saul, CMHC

Statistical references:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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