33 million adults saddled by alcohol problems, study reveals

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Nearly 33 million adults are already having alcohol problems in the US, but sadly, most of them don’t seem to seek out help, according to a study done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

The study defined the fine line between healthy and problem drinking in people who exhibit at least two of the eleven specified symptoms like frequent hangovers, heavy drinking that negatively influences performance in school, job, and home, as well as ones’ incapability to limit drinking. Symptoms are used to note levels of severity.

Researchers surveyed 36,000 adults in 2012-2013 regarding their drinking life that encompasses this current time and last year. Their findings showed that 14% of their interviewees or almost 33 million, have problems with their drinking while more than 30 percent or 69 million had trouble at one point. The rest of the people have mild drinking problems.

The American alcohol drinking population includes the whites and the natives. It is more common in single men, especially those who are aged below 30 in a low income household. The west and mid-west regions have the highest prevalence of people with heavy drinking problems.

Years of heavy drinking can lead to cirrhosis, anemia, cancer, heart diseases, gout, dementia, nerve damage and more.

“Most importantly, this study highlighted the urgency of educating the public and policy makers about alcohol use disorder and its treatments, de-stigmatizing the disorder, and encouraging among those who cannot reduce their alcohol consumption on their own, despite substantial harm to themselves and others, to seek treatment,” the authors stated.

The agency hasn’t figured out why the numbers are still increasing, but they think that it’s about the peoples’ denial that stops them from seeking medical and psychological help.

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