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Did You Know? ...
Interesting Facts and Statistics:
Nationally in 2002.2003, 7.6 percent of the population aged 12 or older were classified with dependence on or abuse of alcohol in the past year. Persons aged 18 to 25 had the highest rate of alcohol dependence or abuse (17.4 percent) in the Nation (Table B.14).
A majority of underage current drinkers in 2008 reported that their last use of alcohol in the past month occurred either in someone else's home (56.2 percent) or their own home (29.6 percent). Underage boys were more likely than girls to have been at a concert or sports game on their last drinking occasion (2.5 vs. 1.1 percent), whereas girls were more likely than boys to have been in a restaurant, bar, or club on their last drinking occasion (10.3 vs. 7.0 percent).
Among teens aged 12 to 17, there was a significant increase between 2000 and 2001 in the rate of current illegal drug use among boys (from 9.8 to 11.4 percent), but no significant difference was noted among girls (from 9.5 to 10.2 percent).
Most binge and heavy alcohol users are employed. Among the 43.9 million adult binge drinkers in 2001, 35.4 million (81 percent) were employed either full or part time. Similarly, 9.8 million (80 percent) of the 12.4 million adult heavy drinkers were employed.
In 2008, 23.1 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illegal drug or alcohol use problem (9.2 percent of the persons aged 12 or older). Of these, 2.3 million (0.9 percent of persons aged 12 or older and 9.9 percent of those who needed treatment) received treatment at a specialty facility. Thus, 20.8 million persons (8.3 percent of the population aged 12 or older) needed treatment for an illegal drug or alcohol use problem but did not receive treatment at a specialty substance abuse facility in the past year. These estimates are similar to the estimates for 2007 and for 2002.
The generic name for Xanax is alprazolam; the generic name for the most similar drug in this class, which is Valium, is halazepam.