We need to educate the public, policymakers, and law enforcement about the scope of the problem
According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, increases in alcohol use, high-risk drinking, and DSM-IV AUD in the US population and among subgroups, especially women, older adults, racial/ethnic minorities, and the socioeconomically disadvantaged, constitute a public health crisis. Taken together, these findings portend a public health crisis.
“Prevalence of 12-Month Alcohol Use, High-Risk Drinking, and DSM-IV Alcohol Use Disorder in the United States, 2001-2002 to 2012-2013” authored by Bridget F. Grant, PhD, S. Patricia Chou, et al. on August 9, 2017, published their findings from a national epidemiological survey on alcohol and related conditions. The study data were derived from face-to-face interviews conducted in 2 nationally representative surveys of US adults. Here are the key takeaways:
In addition to being a public health crisis, the rise in alcohol abuse has cost the economy approximately $250 billion over the past decade. We need to develop prevention and intervention strategies and educate the public, policymakers, and health care professionals about high-risk drinking and the need to seek treatment. It would make sense to review our laws and work together with law enforcement.
For further review of the study (source):
Jama Network: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2647079
DSM Criteria for Alcohol Abuse: http://www.alcoholcostcalculator.org/business/about/dsm.html
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