Study Finds Large Increase in Alcohol Use, High-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Use Disorders

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The percentage of Americans who use alcohol, engage in high-risk drinking or have an alcohol use disorder has risen substantially, a new study finds. The study, which included face-to-face interviews with 40,000 Americans, found alcohol use disorders increased 49 percent between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, according to CNN . Alcohol use has increased most among women, older adults, racial/ethnic minorities and the socioeconomically disadvantaged, the researchers report in JAMA Psychiatry. Alcohol use disorders rose 106.7 percent among individuals age 65 and older during the study period. The researchers conclude that almost 30 million Americans are struggling with an alcohol use disorder.
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Can Alcoholism Contribute to Marriage Woes?

Can Alcoholism Contribute to Marriage Woes?
According to a new research report, getting a divorce increases the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder (AUD) by more than sevenfold for women and almost sixfold for men, new research shows. The same research project provided results that also predicted that the risk for AUD is elevated for an identical twin getting divorced, but to a much lesser degree, which further suggests that marriage itself – and not genetic or environmental traits - might protect against AUD. According to an article in Medscape Medical News – Psychiatry , these results are designed to remind clinicians of the importance of social and psychological factors for alcoholism. The study was published online January 20 in the American Journal of Psychiatry . Research also shows that divorced and single people typically drink more than those who are married, but the reason for this is unclear. It also indicated that the association...
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