Facts on Alcohol and Other Drug Use in America The statistics from1998 show that substance abuse is still a big concern in the United States. The most popular drug of choices varies from county to county and is highly affected by availability. • 76% of drug users are white • 14% of drug users are Hispanic • 44% of alcohol users are female • 56% of alcohol users are male • 3.4 million women of childbearing age use illicit drugs • 13% of young adults ages 18-25 use illicit drugs • 14 to 18% of all newborns are exposed to drugs during pregnancy • 1,500 to 2,000 infants are born each year HIV positive • Over 40,000 babies are born each year with physical or mental defects related to their mother’s drinking habits while pregnant. • 74.4 million Americans (36%) age 12 and older have used drugs at least once in their lifetime • An estimated 11.4 million people currently use drugs • 3.4 million Americans used cocaine in the past year • An estimated 3.4 million Americans are current
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