Definition: Main Entry: detoxify

Pronunciation: (")dE-'täk-s&-"fI

Function: transitive verb

Inflected Form(s): -fied; -fying

Date: circa 1905

1 a : to remove a poison or toxin or the effect of such from b : to render (a harmful substance) harmless

2 : to free (as a drug user or an alcoholic) from an intoxicating or an addictive substance in the body or from dependence on or addiction to such a substance

3 : NEUTRALIZE 2

- detoxification /(")dE-"täk-s&-f&-'kA-sh&n/ noun

Alcohol Use Statistics

(All figures are for U.S.)
There were 19,358 Alcohol-induced deaths in the United States each year, not including motor vehicle fatalities (2000)
There were 26,552 deaths in the United States from Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis (2000)
Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States (2000)
Source: National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol.50, No.15
Sixty-two percent of Americans ages 18 and over have drank alcohol in the past year (2000)
Thirty-two percent of current drinkers had five or more drinks on the same occasion at least once in the past year
Sixty-one percent of men 18-24 years and 42 percent of women had 5 or more drinks on the same occasion.
Source: Health, United States: 2002, Table 67