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Study: 1 In 8 Within U.S. Struggle With Alcohol Issues

Dorathy Gass

Those in the United States seem to be raising their glass to drink a lot more these days. As per a new study, approximately one in eight within the U.S. are dealing with alcoholic issues.

The research team analyzed patterns of drinking with about 40,000 individuals from 2002-2003, then once again from 2012-2013 to look at long-term patterns.
The results of the study were shocking to say the least.

Generally, alcohol consumption disorders increased by about 50 percent, with about 8.5 percent of the population affected during the initial study time and 12.7 percent for the second; marking 30 million U.S. citizens currently struggling when it came to alcohol abuse.

CNN reported that the numbers were wary ones when it came to specific demographics. As per the study, alcohol consumption disorders increased close to twice as much (that is, 92.8 percent) when it came to African Americans and increased almost 84 percent for U.S. females.

Still, the demographic that increased the most when it came to alcohol abuse was seniors. Those 65+ increased by over 106 percent when it came to alcohol consumption issues from the first initial time period of the study to the second. There was also an increase of 81.5 percent for the age group of 45 to 65 years of age.

How was alcohol use disorder (AUD) defined for the research? The study team laid out a 1994 AUD definition from the American Psychiatric Association, which includes some of the following factors:

When alcohol consumption interferes with job, home, or family duties.

When alcohol consumption increases risk of injury or overall dangers.

Symptoms of withdrawal when ‘coming down’ from being intoxicated.

Not being able to ‘stop’ drinking.

Eleven criteria were provided and when individuals had two or more of these factors, an AUD was determined as present. Six plus of these marked a severe AUD issue.

The research team of the study combined the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, and Columbia University. The team depended on thoroughly-controlled self-reports when it came to drinking. Still, while there is no viable reason around these AUD increases, the study team did state the results establish a ‘public health’ crisis on the same path around the national crisis that is happening right now with opioids.

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