Michigan Alcohol Abuse Statistics [2023]

The pandemic and isolation of 2020 and beyond had a significant impact on nationwide alcohol consumption.

The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS) has published current Alcohol Use Statistics [2023]. Not surprisingly, 60% of adults in the U.S. say that their alcohol consumption increased during the pandemic. 34% admit binge drinking, and 7% report extreme binge drinking. Men still comprise 62% of those diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder, 35% are women, and 3% are adolescents. Nearly 100,000 deaths yearly are attributable to alcohol use; more than half of alcohol-related deaths are due to long-term alcohol consumption. The most significant emerging trend is “high-intensity drinking (HID).” According to the NIAAA, “HID is the consumption of alcohol at levels that are two or more times the gender-specific binge drinking thresholds.”


Michigan Alcohol Statistics – NCDAS

Michigan has a slightly higher rate of alcohol-related and female drinking deaths than the national average.

  • 19.8% of Michigan adults over 18 binge drink at least once per month.
  • The median number of drinks per binge is 5.6; 25% of most active drinkers consume a median of 7.9 drinks per binge.
  • Binge-drinking adults in Michigan binge a median of 1.8 times monthly; 25% of most active drinkers binge 4.3 times per month.
  • An average of 4,548 annual deaths in Michigan are attributable to excessive alcohol use.
  • The 5-year average annual rate of excessive alcohol deaths per capita in Michigan increased by as much as 40.2% from 2015 to 2019.
  • Michigan averages one (1) death from excessive alcohol use for every 2,216 people aged 18 and older or 5.75 deaths for every 10,000 adults.
  • 67.9% of people who die from excessive alcohol use in Michigan are male.
  • 59.6% of excessive alcohol use deaths are from chronic causes, such as Alcohol Use Disorder.
  • 84.44% of deaths in Michigan from excessive alcohol use are adults aged 35 years and older.
  • 2.57% of people in Michigan who die from excessive alcohol use are under 21.
  • The CDC estimates 115,890 years of potential life is lost to excessive alcohol use each year.
  • Michigan taxpayers spent $8.162 billion due to excessive alcohol use in 2010; adjusted for inflation, this is equivalent to $11.018 billion or $2.84 per drink in 2022 US$.




For the full report and more articles on alcohol:

NCDAS Drug Abuse Statistics

Alcohol Abuse Statistics [2023]

Fear of Detox? “Get Out of the Car,” says Dr. Gilbert Masterson

The Effects of Alcohol on the Whole Body


Michigan Addiction, Eating Disorders, and Mental Health Treatment

At Sanford Behavioral Health in Marne, Michigan (12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids), we understand that every patient’s journey to recovery is unique. Therefore, we strive to empower our patients to actively participate in their treatment while supporting them every step of the way. With comprehensive treatment for patients with drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, and mental health conditions, our integrative approach looks at the whole person. We develop an individualized plan for each person that starts with the least restrictive level of care and progresses as needed.


At Sanford Behavioral Health, we want to see our patients succeed and improve their lives in recovery. It begins by trusting the process. Next, our detox team helps patients decrease cravings for addictive substances while also trying to understand how symptoms may tempt them back to increased use. Finally, our clinical and medical team ensures patients have a safe and comfortable withdrawal from drugs/alcohol. It’s a rigorous experience but well worth achieving.


 The treatments and services we offer at Sanford Behavioral Health include the following:

  • An Integrative approach where addiction, eating disorders, and co-occurring mental health conditions are treated simultaneously.
  • Supportive Housing
  • Half-Day Programs (Outpatient, IOP)
  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Group, Individual, and Family Therapy
  • Long-Term Support for Patients and Families
  • Community Education and Advocacy
  • In-Person and Telehealth Options


Sanford Behavioral Health is licensed and accredited as an addiction, eating disorder, and co-occurring mental health treatment facility, serving all of Michigan and beyond. Each of Sanford’s facilities in Greater Grand Rapids is carefully and diligently crafted to create a welcoming and comforting environment. Sanford is led by a psychiatrist-led team of medical, clinical, and support personnel providing medication-assisted, evidenced-based treatment to residential, outpatient, and telehealth patients. For more information, visit www.sanfordbehavioralhealth.com.