Study Warns Of Binge-Drinking "Crisis" As Alcoholism Rates Spike 49%

The opioid epidemic isn’t the only public-health crisis plaguing the US.

Americans are hitting the bottle harder than ever, according to a new study published by JAMA Psychiatry, posing new challenges for the US’s strained health-care system as local hospitals and first responders struggle with the spike in substance-abuse related maladies, including overdoses and alcohol poisoning that warrant urgent care.

The JAMA study showed that rates of dangerous binge drinking rose dramatically between 2001 and 2013, with women, ethnic minorities, Americans over the age of 65 and low-education adults registering the largest increases.

“Twelve-month alcohol use significantly increased from 65.4% in 2001-2002 to 72.7% in 2012-2013, a relative percentage increase of 11.2%. Significant increases, seen across all sociodemographic subgroups, were particularly notable among women (15.8%), racial/ethnic minorities (from 17.2% among Hispanic to 29.1% among Asian or Pacific Islander individuals), adults 65 years and older (22.4%), and respondents with lower educational level and family income (range, 11.7%-22.3%).”

Furthermore, rates of diagnosed alcoholism climbed 49% to roughly one in eight Americans.

The prevalence of 12-month DSM-IV AUD increased significantly from 8.5% to 12.7% (change, 49.4%) in the total population. Significant increases in AUD were seen in all subgroups except Native Americans and those residing in rural areas. Notable increases were found among women (83.7%), racial/ethnic minorities (51.9% for Hispanic and 92.8% for black individuals), adults 65 years and older (106.7%), those with a high school education (57.8%) and less than a high school education (48.6%), those earning incomes of $20?000 or less (65.9%), those living within 200% of the poverty threshold (range, 47.1%-55.8%), and those residing in urban areas (59.5%).”

Rates of “high risk” drinking increased by 30%, with women and minorities again registering the biggest gains.

"The prevalence of 12-month high-risk drinking increased significantly between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013 from 9.7% to 12.6% (change, 29.9%) in the total population. Significant increases in high-risk drinking were also seen for all sociodemographic subgroups except Native Americans and respondents residing in rural areas. Increases were most notable among women (57.9%), other racial/ethnic minorities (from 40.6% among Hispanic to 62.4% among black individuals), adults 65 years and older (65.2%), persons previously married (widowed, divorced, or separated) (31.9%) and married or cohabitating respondents (34.2%), those with a high school education (42.3%) and less than a high school education (34.7%), those earning incomes of $19?999 or less (35.1%), and those residing in urban areas (35.1%)."

The spike in abuse rates among women was perhaps the study’s most alarming finding. The study’s authors speculated that, although men still struggle with higher rates of alcohol abuse, several factors are helping women close the gap. Women increasingly hold high-stress jobs, and social mores surrounding female behavior have grown more permissive.

“Greater sensitivity to adverse health effects of heavy drinking among women are potential biological factors influencing the convergence of rates between the sexes within the context of increasing rates of high-risk drinking and AUD. Drinking norms and values have become more permissive among women, along with increases in educational and occupational opportunities and rising numbers of women in the workforce, all of which may have contributed to increased high-risk drinking and AUD in women during the past decade.”

The rise in alcohol-abuse rates among older Americans was another discouraging revelation from the study – particularly because they’ve typically exhibited lower rates of abuse in the past. The study uncovered an unprecedented increase in abuse rates among the elderly, which is particularly problematic given the increased risk of mortality. Data for the study was collected from surveys of nearly 80,000 people, with the first conducted in 2001-2002, and the second in 2012-2013.


SoDamnMad Thu, 08/10/2017 - 02:51 Permalink

Opiates killing one group, binge drinking another.  I guess those that don't indulge in these dumb assed weaknesses will lead us.  Fine with me. I just hate paying for the ER costs to try to save these assholes.

Haus-Targaryen ACP Thu, 08/10/2017 - 03:53 Permalink

Just wait until this economy collapses.  You'll have people drinking themselves to death all over creation. Just like in the USSR after it collapsed in the 90s. The Rise and Fall of empires is an unavoidable cycle empires always try to interrupt by killing millions.  I expect this time will be no different. 

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Lucretius ACP Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:24 Permalink

Upon a brief scan of the BS from JAMA-Psychcobable, I almost clicked it away. But! I fit into both of the categories listed.!, I've used alcohol for over 45 years, DAILY!2, I'm using Oxydope for pain management, for about 7 months now. Strange, I do not seem to be having any problems   . My pain is managed quite well, I'm still highly active in psychical activities, in spite of being retired and disabled. And I seemed to manage to raise and support my family is spite of being an alcoholic... never missed a days work due to booze. Never had a DWI/DUI, ever!Something does not fit here... my liver should have fallen out by now! And, now that I'm an addict, why do I have a 5 month supply of Oxy on hand??? ( shit! I could make a quick FORTUNE on the street, if I were an irresponsible asshole) In my experience, they do not give them out like candy.Seems these over educated fucktards have never visited the concept of personal responsibility   . 

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vato poco Soul Glow Thu, 08/10/2017 - 03:13 Permalink

they binge drink for they same reason some of em cut themselves: they're empty inside, and want to feel something. anything. damn I hate the modern world. olden times had misery aplenty, sure, but they had style - and the Puritans hadn't outlawed fun yet. ah well. hard-hitting NFL footbal starting soon!!!! they'll stop bingeing THEN!!!

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sirsmokum (not verified) vato poco Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:22 Permalink

Quite the opposite. The alcohol kills the feels of dispair, anxiety and hopelessness.  Unfortunatly it kills the person in the long run as well.  Kudos to those who can make it back out of the hole.  They will become greater humans if they can succeed.  Shame most will fail.  Good luck.

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Grumbleduke Thu, 08/10/2017 - 03:18 Permalink week to quit drinking... I'm not saying drinking is all that great but you know it's got benefits; you can't smoke somebody pretty.They should raise the alcohol age to 60, so at least you'd have something to look forward to at this point.Excess in moderation: don't drink a few beers every day after work, wait 'till the end of the month and drink all the beers at once.and why? Because:They say 'life is precious'. To who? To you, when you're young and you've got a few dollars in your pocket. Tell that to the 90-year-old lying awake at the graveyard shift in the nursing home, groaning with dementia. The only reason he hasn't killed himself is that he hasn't figured out a way he can do it with pudding.All quotes by Doug Stanhope

Blanco Diablo Thu, 08/10/2017 - 03:24 Permalink

Drinking is a "Crisis" because "JAMA Psychiatry" members do not collect a fee and rot your brain with drugs that destroy moar of your major organs thus cutting business for their "hacker" Surgeon compadres.If only "JAMA Psychiatry" members could make alcohol only available with a prescription. It would magically become therapeutic.

fattail Blanco Diablo Thu, 08/10/2017 - 06:55 Permalink

That's right.  No self medicating allowed.  Opiods became a crisis when the cheaper heroin showed up.  When everyone was filling their monthly prescription for Oxy with a side of Movantik ( for the Opiod induced constitpation.  That's right they have a pill for the side effects of the biggest sellers.  That's how long their has been a problem.) no politician would say boo about it, because their corporate masters were all getting rich.  

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Common_Law San Pedro Thu, 08/10/2017 - 05:01 Permalink

The way I've always looked at it is they use ethanol as a biohazard decontamination agent. Like if you buy surplus equipment from a lab that's been working with infectious diseases/hiv/or whatever they wipe it down with ethanol to kill Everything so they're not liable for you getting fucked up or dying. That's what you're ingesting...

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any_mouse Thu, 08/10/2017 - 04:00 Permalink

Sounds like the USSR.

No hope. Doesn't matter what one does.

Vaguely suicidal population.

Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to cause trouble for the regime.

Manipuflation williambanzai7 Thu, 08/10/2017 - 04:41 Permalink

You can't go too far with any drug or else you can't ride your motorcycles.  It is like Mike Wolfe said, "Flying a plane and riding a motorcycle is the same thing".  This may be hyperbole to some degree but it is true.  At 100 mph you can't fail or you will not be typing here.  Life or death drifts just beneath your feet.  No one is your freind.  Just glide and ride the wind.  The sound of the wind is like a tornado in your ears.  You just can't find or do that sort of thing anywhere else.   YOU have to be accountable for yourself.  No snowflakes need apply.I am still typing and the snowflakes want to tell us how to live our lives.  Maybe one day I will meet my maker.  Maybe.  Life is not about living forever.   “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” 

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any_mouse Thu, 08/10/2017 - 04:07 Permalink

I know what won't work as a solution. Anything done by the Federal government. Will act as an accelerant.

Maybe End the FED, that's worth a shot. What can we lose?