We noticed this morning, that cbsnews.com (see link below) posted a story detailing the latest statistics on alcohol use and alcohol abuse in the United States. The numbers are sobering (excuse the unintended pun).

From 2001 to 2013, the rate of alcohol use in the United States climbed from 65 percent to almost 73 percent.  During the same time period, the rate of high-risk drinking rose from 10 percent (20 million people) to 13 percent (almost 30 million people).  And, the rate of alcoholism rose from 8.5 percent (about 18 million people) to 13 percent (also, nearly 30 million people). Which, obviously, could/should? lead to a discussion about … “drinking in moderation.”

Many argue that individuals who are “alcoholic” (whether clinically diagnosed or not) should never consider drinking in moderation as an option, and that total abstinence is the only way to deal with alcoholism.  Others argue that there is a place for “drinking in moderation” in order for an alcoholic to come back from the brink.  That’s a discussion we do not want to get in the middle of. But we do know, from 9 years and 4 months of experience, that a CapturedDiscipline® time-locking safe is an effective device for the other 30 million Americans who are “high-risk drinkers” but not yet “alcoholic.”

We recently had a conversation with a man who was thinking about purchasing a CapturedDiscipline® safe for he AND his wife.  But he said, “Our business requires us to entertain often, in our home. Therefore, we have just about every form of alcohol known to mankind in various cabinets around the house.  So, obviously, your safe is not large enough for our needs.” Our response was that he could go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy a big padlockable chest (example: Huskey 37″ mobile job cart, $64) , padlock all the alcohol in their home inside it, and take a little bit out each evening for themselves, and lock up the rest for 24 hours by putting the padlock key in a CapturedDiscipline® safe.