When it comes to substance abuse, all of the news these days has been about the opioid epidemic that has spread across the United States. However, while those narcotics took hold of millions of people, people who consume alcohol started to drink more than ever before. In fact, five percent more people are binge drinking regularly, making for some of the most intense cases of alcohol use disorder ever seen in our country.
A growth of five percent might not sound like much, but it actually accounts for about a million more people, indicating there are around 20 million people fighting alcoholism. And though those numbers are so high, and partially because alcohol isn’t really considered a problem by many in our society, but only about 4 million are trying to get help for the alcoholism.
America has a drinking problem, and it’s only getting worse.
According to a 2015 report by the National Institutes of Health, nearly one-third of American adults at some point in their life have alcohol abuse (sic) disorder, but only 20 percent seek treatment.
“What’s really alarming is that the intensity of drinking is dramatically increasing,” says George Koob, PhD, director of the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, an NIH agency that supported the study. “We’re seeing a 5 percent increase — that’s roughly a million more people than 10 years ago—who are knocking back more than 5, 8 or 10 drinks in one sitting.” Click Here to Continue Reading
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