A new study has found out that people in the United States, especially women and minorities, are drinking more amount alcohol amid a mounting public health crisis, according to a research conducted by the National Institutes of Health.
Researchers found out that Americans, over a period of 11 years, increased their alcohol use, abuse and disorders. The study also found that the problem was prevalent in all the US demographic groups, with higher instances among women, older adults, minorities and those people who had low levels of education and income.
Commenting on the findings, the lead author of the study Dr. Bridget Grant said, “The actual prevalence of both alcohol use, high-risk drinking and particularly alcohol use disorders is much larger than the magnitude of the problem for opioids or marijuana.”
“Even though all of those increases are very important — for alcohol and other substances — sometimes alcohol may get overshadowed, even though it is a more highly prevalent drug and is affecting 30 million people,” Dr. Grant added.
The study was conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Dr Grant said that the problem of alcohol abuse in the United States is likely much larger than was previously anticipated. She cited the reason saying people tend to under-report their drinking habits in studies where they are responsible for reporting their pattern by themselves.
“A lot of people don’t like to talk about [drinking problems], and they just say they don’t have any problems or they don’t drink so much. But if these numbers are an underestimation, than they’re whomping,” she said. “The underestimation because of self report — if that is true — than these numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.”
The findings of the study were published on Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry.