New data has revealed that one in eight Americans are now alcoholics due to an an alarming rise in alcohol consumption in women, elderly people and ethnic minorities.
Experts at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism say that the rise could constitute a public health crisis that is being overshadowed by the opioid epidemic and marijuana legalization.
During an 11 year gap, the number of people who received a diagnosis of alcoholismshot up by 49 percent, meaning 12.7 percent of the population – or roughly one in eight Americans – are alcoholics.
The research team didn’t give a reason for the spike in alcoholism, but said the increase came about as it became more socially acceptable for women to drink. They also noted that stress could be a major factor.
Risky alcohol use did increase in the men who were surveyed, but not to the same extent that it did for the other groups.