New Study Finds One in Eight Americans Is an Alcoholic

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High-risk drinking was considered to be four or more standard drinks on any day for women and five or more for men.

"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 emphasizes.

'Most important, the findings herein highlight the urgency of educating the public, policymakers and health care professionals about high-risk drinking and AUD, destigmatizing these conditions and encouraging those who can not reduce their alcohol consumption on their own, despite substantial harm to themselves and others, to seek treatment'.

The study's findings, the authors wrote, "herein highlight the urgency of educating the public, policymakers, and health care professionals about high-risk drinking and AUD, destigmatizing these conditions and encouraging those who can not reduce their alcohol consumption on their own, despite substantial harm to themselves and others, to seek treatment".

Women showed an 83.7 percent increase in alcohol use disorders in the time frame, and individuals who were 45 years to 64 years, and 65 years and older had 81.5 and 106.7 increases in the disorders respectively. They also noted that stress could be a major factor. That number shot up by 49.4 percent in the 11 year period between 2002 and 2013. Since 2001, heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder have risen dramatically, according to a new study that surveyed tens of thousands of adults. These include, for instance, whether drinking interferes with family or professional life and if drinkers experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea or shakiness. Death rates from cirrhosis increased between 2009 and 2013, which hasn't happened since the early 1970s, she says.

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The study's statistics are even more bleak for specific groups.

The study didn't just track alcohol abuse. That's nearly 30 million Americans actively struggling with alcohol abuse. "If something's cheaper, we buy more", says Jürgen Rehm, an epidemiologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Odes to your favorite ah-ah-ah-ah-alcohol brands can be heard in popular music; you can now buy wine at the grocery store with your cat food and Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford actually drink wine in the morning and people think this is OK (I never thought this was OK.) Hell, we got people named Hennessy and Alize gradudating high school now.

And if you think you may have a problem, visit Alcoholics Anonymous for help.

Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, left, and NIAAA scientist Dr. Lorenzo Leggio at a research laboratory inside the National Institutes of Health's hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, in December 2014. Plus, the authors also highlighted the financial burden that's associated with heavy drinkers. In 2010, excessive drinking cost the United States nearly $250 billion, largely due to health costs. It points out, for instance, that alcohol use disorders have almost doubled (92.8 percent) among the African American population, and hiked almost 84 percent among female subjects.

The study, which was conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and reported by Time, compared two groups of people from the years 2001-2002 and then 2012-2013.

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