Yet Another Study Shows Heavy Drinking is America's Largest Untreated Epidemic

"Substantial increases in [heavy drinking] constitute a public health crisis."


A new research study published by the American Medical Association shows that heavy drinking is on the rise in the U.S.

Key findings:

  • As many as 30 million adults engaged in high-risk drinking in the past year

  • High-risk drinking increased significantly since the early 2000s

  • The spike in heavy drinking is particularly sharp among women, adults over age 65, black Americans and lower income Americans

Commenting on the study in Bloomberg, David Jernigan, director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said: “This should be a big wake-up call. Alcohol is our number one drug problem.”

View the study in JAMA Psychiatry here.

Read coverage at Bloomberg here.


Amanda Harrington