According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S. About 17.6 million adults in the U.S. currently suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. Several million more people engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that can lead to alcohol problems. Excessive drinking is a problem that knows no bounds when it comes to age, gender or ethnicity. Perhaps you are living with a family member who you suspect is an alcoholic. The Ranch’s alcohol resources underscore why alcoholism must be viewed as a lifelong chronic disease, for example, in a similar manner as diabetes. Once you understand that fact, it will help you see how important it is to seek professional help.
From the role of religion and spirituality in recovery from alcohol abuse to underage binge drinking, our articles shed light on the many devastating aspects of drinking. Whether you are looking for the latest research or practical ways to help someone you know who is struggling with alcohol abuse, you’ve come to the right place. We truly hope this knowledge will educate, empower and inspire you to seek help — for yourself, a family member or close friend. The first step is acknowledging you have a problem that requires professional intervention. The next is following through on a promise you’ve likely made too many times — to stop substance use once and for all.