Alcohol abuse is becoming an epidemic in the United States. The number of individuals who drink enough to be considered Alcoholics based on the DSM-IV is now 1 in 8 adults. Women, African-Americans, and the elderly have showed significant increases in alcohol consumption since the beginning of the millennium. This is especially worrisome where the elderly are concerned as many of them are on prescription medications that do not play well with alcohol.
- Although the growing opoid crisis is a concern, chronic alcohol abuse is also an issue in the US
- A new study has shown seniors, African Americans and women are more likely to suffer fro alcohol-related disorders.
- Previous studies done in other decades showed a decline in alcohol related issues so these new findings are concerning.
“Even more shocking, the number of Americans with an alcohol-use disorder AUD (more commonly referred to as alcoholism) increased an astonishing 49 percent, from 17.6 million to 29.9 million during that decade.”