High-risk alcohol use has increased significantly since 2002, study finds

High-risk alcohol use has increased significantly since 2002, study finds

High-risk alcohol use has increased significantly since 2002, study finds

"Most important, the findings...highlight the urgency of educating the public, policymakers, and health care professionals about high-risk drinking and [alcohol use disorders], destigmatizing these conditions and encouraging those who can not reduce their alcohol consumption on their own.to seek treatment", the study posits.

The study, sponsored by a federal agency for alcohol research, examined how drinking patterns changed between 2002 and 2013, based on in-person surveys of tens of thousands of USA adults.

The findings suggest "a public health crisis", the researchers say, given the fact that high-risk drinking is linked to a number of diseases and psychiatric problems, as well as violence, crime and crashes. It also tracked other patterns like "high risk" drinking, which the study defines as four or more drinks a day for women and five for men, plus a day that exceeds those limits at least once a week. Grant was citing the study's findings that show almost three in four adults now drink alcohol. Problem drinking increased by an even greater percentage, and women, racial minorities, older adults and the poor saw particularly large spikes. Alcohol use can also put older adults at a higher risk for a fall and for chronic diseases that can be caused by alcohol use.

Previous research showed steady or declining drinking patterns from the 1970s through the 1990s, the report says.

Among women, it rose about 58 percent; among older adults, it rose 65 percent.

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Between 2001 to 2002 and 2012 to 2013, 12-month alcohol use overall increased from 65.4% to 72.7% of the total population, a relative increase of 11.2%, the study discovered.

"If we ignore these problems, they will come back to us at much higher costs through emergency department visits, impaired children who are likely to need care for many years for preventable problems, and higher costs for jails and prisons that are the last resort for help for many", said UCSD psychiatrist Mark Schuckit in an editorial accompanying the study.

And among older adults, abuse and dependence more than doubled. High-risk drinking and AUD, for instance, increased for women by 57.9% and 83.7%, respectively - compared with increases of just 15.5% and 34.7% for men. Changing social norms around female alcohol consumption are part of the equation, the study says - but stress may be another factor.

Americans are drinking more.

And growing disparities in income, education, employment and housing between whites and minorities may have led the latter to cope with alcohol, researchers suggested.

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