Getting drunk or high is all too often a way that men avoid dealing with the root causes of rage – whether they want to numb themselves with alcohol, get jacked up on cocaine or crystal meth – the end result undermines their health and relationships.

• Approximately 23 million Americans—roughly the population of Australia—are current illicit drug users according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

• SAMHSA reports that almost 18 million Americans are classified with alcohol dependence or abuse.

• Adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010—that is almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• Over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. (Federal Bureau of Investigation).

Drugs and Alcohol

And it gets worse when you look at just men . . .

• The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in 2010, the rate of current illicit drug use among persons aged 12 or older was higher for males (11.2 percent) than for females (6.8 percent).

• Binge and heavy drinking are more prevalent among men than among women. In 2010, 30.9 percent of men 12 and older and 15.7 percent of women reported binge drinking (five or more drinks on the same occasion) in the past month.

Getting drunk or high is all too often a way that men avoid dealing with the root causes of rage – whether they want to numb themselves with alcohol, get jacked up on cocaine or crystal meth – the end result undermines their health and relationships.

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