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Alcohol Abuse in Oklahoma

by Will Long

April 21, 2022
A twilight scene of Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City is a relatively sleepy city compared to the hustle and bustle of big coastal cities, but what you might not realize is that the heartland of the nation features a state that’s rife with people in need of addiction treatment. Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City is committed to providing the most effective addiction treatment in the state at an eminently affordable price. We’re purpose-driven to serve anyone who comes through our door and graduating them with a collection of resources and tools to get their life back on track. Unlock your potential with Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City today. 

Alcohol Use in Oklahoma 

Oklahoma ranks second in the nation for substance use disorders, with the state also ranking seventh in the nation in 2016 for binge drinking. On a larger scale, over 3 million people are affected by alcohol use disorders per year in the US. 

Just under half of all Oklahomans have used alcohol in the past month. One-in-five have binge drank, with one-in-ten teens also participating in binge drinking. Almost a quarter of all road fatalities were alcohol-related, with 154 deaths reported across the state of Oklahoma in 2019. Just over 9,000 people in Oklahoma were arrested for driving under the influence that same year. 

Treating alcohol use and substance use disorders in the state of Oklahoma is important. Around 10% of adults in the state meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, as outlined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The same number of adults need but don’t receive treatment. This is where Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City comes in, where we aim to tackle alcohol abuse across the state. Our rehab center provides detox services and inpatient treatment to help people recover from alcoholism.  

What is Considered Alcoholism? 

In a 2016 study by the World Health Organization (WHO), they found that 7.7% of adults in the United States were alcohol dependent, which is the medical term for those who can’t function at a baseline level without some form of alcoholic beverage. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calls the act of drinking too much “excessive drinking,” which causes significant health problems if the habit persists over the long term. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 17 million adults in the US have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). 

Excessive drinking presents itself as either “binge drinking,” which is four drinks for women and five for men on a single occasion, or “heavy drinking,” which is eight or more drinks for women and 15 or more for men in a single week. However, the vast majority (up to 90%) of excessive drinkers aren’t alcohol dependent. 

Learn More About Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City 

To learn more about how Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City is combatting alcoholism in the state of Oklahoma and how we can help you defeat an addiction, give us a call at 888-448-0302 to speak with an admissions specialist today. Our mission is to save one million lives in the next century starting with those here in Oklahoma City. 

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About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Long has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. He specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective. Unearthing information from underexplored, far-flung corners of the Internet, Long’s passion is finding emerging trends in substance use and treatment that the public should know about.