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3 in 10 Americans Have Drinking Problem at Some Point in Their Lives

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, but less than 20 percent are ever treated, a new study found. Alcohol use disorders are among the most common mental health problems worldwide and result in disability, illness and death, researchers from the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) said. "The problem of alcohol abuse is bigger than people thought," said NIAAA Director George Koob. "Alcohol disorders cost the United States $224 billion a year. "Seventy percent of Americans drink and most don't have a problem, but there is a significant group that do have a problem," he added. One of the biggest concerns, Koob said, is that less than 20 percent of those who have a drinking problem get help. Koob thinks people avoid treatment for a ... Read more

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