Alcoholism Harms 53 Million Americans Who Don't Have a Drinking Problem

By Serena Gordon

People who drink alcohol don't only put themselves at risk, they're also endangering family and friends.


A new study finds the effects of "secondhand" alcohol harms are widespread, with nearly 1 in 5 Americans -- 53 million people -- reporting having been harmed by someone else's drinking during the past year.


Those harms include threats or harassment, damaged property, vandalism, physical aggression, financial problems, relationship issues and issues related to driving.