Alcohol is the most commonly abused legal substance in the United States and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has revealed shocking facts to prove it. Nearly 25% of people ages 18 or older admitted binge drinking in the past month. Drunk driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths (31% of overall driving fatalities). Nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from all alcohol-related causes annually, making it the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. More than one in ten children in the United States live with a parent with alcohol problems. Continue Reading.