Some Sobering Statistics on "Sipping the Suds"
By Jim Brady

Handguns are used in 50% of all murders, but 85% of all murderers are drunk when they kill. 1

When alcohol was legalized in Selawik, Alaska in July 1983, the arrest rate jumped from 6 per month to 28 in August 1983 alone. 2

Nearly 1/3 of 12,000 prisoners surveyed drank heavily on the day of their crimes. Heaviest drinkers included burglars, rapists, and those convicted of assault. 3

Alcohol is implicated in 50% of rapes and 70% of robberies.11

Men who drink 1-1/2 cans of beer a day are 3 times more likely to get rectal cancer than non-drinkers.4

Drinkers are 6 times more likely to get throat cancer than non-drinkers, 20 and also more likely to get cancer of the mouth.4

Men who drink 1-2/3 ounces of wine or whiskey a day are 2-1/2 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-drinkers.

Men who have 2 drinks a day have a 70% higher overall death rate than non-drinkers, and women have a higher death rate.

During Prohibition, the death rate from cirrhosis of the liver fell by 66% and the general death rate was lower than for any previous year. 6 In addition, crime decreased by 54% and insanity decreased by 66%.29

Ethyl alcohol, found in all liquors, damages every gland and organ.8

Alcohol is America's #3 health problem, exceeded only by heart disease and cancer to which it also contributes.

A government study identified alcohol as "the most dangerous drug in the country." Alcohol deaths outnumber other drug deaths by 33 to 1.8

Alcoholics outnumber drug addicts 10 to 1.8

40% of all hospital admissions are alcohol-related.8

Alcohol causes a disease of the pancreas that brings excruciatingly painful death.8

Based on blood tests of survivors, alcohol is usually blamed for 50% of all traffic fatalities. A recent study by the College of American Pathologists based on tests of both survivors AND the dead, however, indicates the figure may be much much as 91%.9

Even at the 50% figure, 70 people are killed each day and 2800 injured in alcohol-related accidents.10

Drunk driving is the LEADING cause of death among young people aged 16 to 24.26

Alcohol destroys $8.25 billion worth of cars each year, 10 in 100,000 wrecks.14

Alcohol destroys brain cells, and can lead to irreversible insanity.28

Alcohol costs $20.4 billion in medical bills each year.10

Alcohol costs society $4.5 billion annually for additional law enforcement.10

Alcohol-related fires destroy 690 million dollars worth of property each year.10

Alcohol costs society $35 billion more per year than the taxes it produces. 11 In Massachusetts, state officials found that for every dollar of liquor revenue, the state spends 5 times that amount on increased law enforcement, support for broken homes, programs to deal with juvenile delinquency, and production losses from absenteeism, all caused by alcohol.30

49% of all pedestrians over 14 who are killed by vehicles are under the influence of alcohol.13

Alcohol is a factor in 30% of all American suicides.10

Alcohol is responsible for 70% of all drowning and choking deaths.12

50% of all "freak accidents" are caused by alcohol.12

A recent Michigan study showed alcohol was involved in 55% of all arrests, 40% of all court cases, and 20% of all divorces in that state.8

20% of all fatal private airplane crashes are due to alcohol.11

Alcohol is involved in 55% of all child abuse cases in the U.S.11

Alcohol costs the nation $49 billion each year in work loss, accidents, sickness, and death.5

Altogether, alcohol is estimated to cause 205,000 deaths each year in America from all causes. That comes to over 23 each hour.15

72% of American men between the ages of 21 and 59 report at least one type of problem in their lives associated with drinking, and 55% report that those problems have been "severe".1

Studies show that heavy drinking interferes with academic performance in 20% of all college students.17

Alcohol increases the risk of damage to the muscles of the heart.21

Babies born to mothers who are heavy drinkers stand a 10% chance of being born abnormally small, or with such defects as cleft palates or congenital heart disease.22

An estimated 20% of the children in mental retardation centers are victims of fetal alcohol syndrome, caused by the mother's drinking in the early stages of pregnancy.27

An intoxicated driver is 5.6 times as likely to cause an accident as a sober one.23

Almost half of all male high school seniors, and nearly 20% of ninth grade boys, have already become "problem drinkers"...that is, they get drunk repeatedly, and have problems with school authorities, friends, and the police.24

Over 3 million of the 13 to 15 million alcoholics and problem drinkers in the U.S. are under the age of 18.26

Alcohol interferes with the body's use of B-complex vitamins, especially B-1 (thiamine), B-6, and Folic Acid. These vitamins are essential for digestion, energy, production of red blood cells, nerve tissue, and antibodies, and healthy skin, hair, and eyes. Deficiencies can cause anemia.25

If you drink at all, your chances of becoming an alcoholic are from 10%19 to 33%, 31 according to different authorities.

"Everybody" DOESN'T do it! 28% of American men and 48% of American women are total abstainers, and in some sections of the country the percentages are even higher.18


  1. Family Weekly, March 22, 1981.
  2. Pensacola Journal, November 30, 1983, page 1; "Not ALL Alaskans Are Stone, Cold Sober."
  3. "Staggering Facts On Drinking and Criminals," Star, November 22, 1983, page 45.
  4. "Study Links Heavy Beer Drinking With Rectal Cancer," Pensacola Journal, March 8, 1984.
  5. Barbour, John. "Prohibition: Retrospective Uncorked On An Era," Pensacola Journal, December 15, 1983, page 21-C.
  6. Osterhus, Cyrus. "Liquor Is An Enemy of Body and Soul," Osterhus Publishing House, 4500 Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55422, page 2.
  7. Pensacola Journal, June 17, 1983, page 15-A.
  8. DeHaan, Richard. "Social Drinking and the Christian," Pulpit Helps 111:2.
  9. "Smashed: Drunken Driving Slaughter Could Be Worse Than Believed," Pensacola Journal, January 9, 1984, page 1-A.
  10. "Theology To Think About" radio broadcast, WHYM radio, Pensacola, Florida, July 10, 1983.
  11. "Alcohol In The U.S.A.," CLA Defender, Issue 11.
  12. Landers, Ann, "Ask Ann," Pensacola Journal, January 20, 1984.
  13. Levy, Paul F. "Death Rate For Drunk Pedestrians Is As Great As For Drunk Drivers," National Enquirer, January 24, 1984, page 4.
  14. Bottiger, Dorothy M. "A Strange Disease," State Narcotics Division, 200 Pine Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  15. Overton, Basil. "Alcohol," The World Evangelist, 1982.
  16. Cahalan, Don, etal, American Drinking Practices.
  17. Landers, Ann. "Excessive Beer Is As Risky As Excessive Booze," Pensacola Journal.
  18. Statistics Abstract Of The United States, 1982-83, page 123.
  19. Mincer, Nell (Counselor at Rainwater Specialty Care Center, Pensacola, Florida) quoted in the Pensacola Journal.
  20. Hale, Ellen. "Study: Fresh Fruit Reduces Cancer Cause," Pensacola Journal, April 5, 1984, page 7-A.
  21. Johnson, G. Timothy. "Study Ties Alcohol to Rectal, Lung Cancer," Pensacola Journal, April 15, 1984.
  22. Chattanooga News-Free Press, February 27, 1984. Quote from Dr. P. Steinchron.
  23. Jasper, Paul. "Not Every Wreck Fault of Drunks," Pensacola News Journal, April 22, 1984.
  24. "The Kinds of Drugs Kids Are Getting Into," chart by Pharmacists Against Drug Abuse.
  25. "The Vitamin Robbers," Hudson Pharmaceutical Company, 1980.
  26. Hacker, George. "Stop Marketing Alcohol on Radio and Television," Center For Science In The Public Interest, Washington, D.C.
  27. "Mother's Alcohol Use May Lower Baby's Intelligence," Chattanooga News-Free Press, April 19, 1982.
  28. "Alcohol Brain Damage," Capitol Voice, March 1, 1984.
  29. Lusk, David. "Was Prohibition Really That Bad?" Pulpit Helps, Sept. 1984, page 32.
  30. "Is History Against Us?" Pulpit Helps, September 1984, page 32.
  31. Capitol Voice, January 3, 1984, "Did You Know That - "