Study finds 1 in 8 Americans struggles with alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse remains a difficult problem for people in America. A new study finds that 1 in 8 Americans have struggled with alcohol abuse. That is a costly and challenging finding for the American people to resolve. The study tracked over 40,000 people between 2002 and 2003. In the population, alcohol disorders rose by over 50% for Americans.

Key Takeaways:

  • JAMA Psychiatry studied drinking patterns among 40,000 individuals, between two time periods, almost a decade apart, to get an overall view of their habits.
  • Disorders due to alcohol use rose significantly during both periods, signifying in total a nearly 30 million Americans struggling with alcohol use.
  • The group that showed the highest increase of alcohol related disorders was those over 65 years in age, specifically a staggering 106% increase in alcohol related disorders.

“Americans are drinking more. A lot more. According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, an estimated one out of every eight Americans struggles with an alcohol disorder.”