Alcohol is a curious little substance as people's personalities tend to change a bit when under the influence. We all have those quiet, tough-guy friends who become garrulous puppy dogs when they're drunk, and then those other friends who are absolute nice guys during the day but once the sun goes down and the liquor flows, they become angry monsters.
Then you've got people like me who just become more insufferable versions of themselves.
There's no denying though that the difference between someone drunk and sober is pretty friggin' significant. And sometimes our drunk versions of ourselves try their best to help our sober selves out. And other times, well, they're total d**ks.
We can all relate to these. Why? According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 86.4 percent of people in the United States ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 70.1 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 56.0 percent reported that they drank in the past month. In 2015, 26.9 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month; while 7.0 percent reported that they engaged in heavy alcohol use in the past month.
In 2010, alcohol misuse cost the United States $249.0 billion. While An estimated 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.