Red Ribbon Week

Oklahoma Alcohol Abuse Statistics

The rate of alcohol-related deaths per capita is very high in Oklahoma.

  • 13.6% of Oklahoma adults over 18 binge drink at least once per month.
  • The median number of drinks per binge is 5.6; the 25% most active drinkers consume a median 7.9 drinks per binge.
  • Binge drinking adults in Oklahoma binge a median 1.5 times monthly; the 25% most active drinkers binge 3.8 times per month.
  • An average of 2,104 annual deaths in Oklahoma are attributable to excessive alcohol use.
  • The 5-year average annual rate of excessive alcohol deaths per capita in Oklahoma increased by as much as 40.0% from 2015 to 2019.
  • Oklahoma averages one (1) death from excessive alcohol use for every 1,882 people aged 18 and older or 7.00 deaths for every 10,000 adults.
  • 68.6% of people who die from excessive alcohol use in Oklahoma are male.
  • 58.7% of excessive alcohol use deaths are from chronic causes, such as Alcohol Use Disorder.
  • 85.0% of deaths in Oklahoma from excessive alcohol use are adults aged 35 years and older.
  • 2.76% of people in Oklahoma who die from excessive alcohol use are under the age of 21.
  • The CDC estimates 54,217 years of potential life is lost to excessive alcohol use each year.
  • Oklahoma taxpayers spent $3.081 billion as a result of excessive alcohol use in 2010; adjusted for inflation, this is equivalent to $4.160 billion or $3.36 per drink in 2022 US$.

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Marijuana Anonymous 1-800-766-6779

Alcohol Treatment Referral Hotline (24 hours) 1-800-252-6465

Families Anonymous 1-800-736-9805

Cocaine Hotline (24 hours) 1-800-262-2463

Drug Abuse National Helpline 1-800-662-4357

National Association for Children of Alcoholics 1-888-554-2627

Ecstasy Addiction 1-800-468-6933

Alcoholics for Christ 1-800-441-7877