Alcohol Abuse on the Rise in the US

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Henry Wrenn-Meleck is a New York native. He says that he loves sitting on top of his building every summer to observe the passing traffic. However, this summer was quite different as he was rushed to the hospital by his neighbors after he experienced some pain. At the hospital, the 63-year-old rare guitar dealer and music publisher was treated for a fall that he couldn’t remember. He also spent three weeks of his life at the hospital. In the end, he realized that his body was done with alcohol. When he left the hospital, he decided to enroll with the New Jewish Home located in Manhattan where he received physical therapy. During his time at the program, he also enrolled at the geriatric substance abuse recovery problem. It’s during his time here when he discovered that he was the youngest participant. A recent report by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism epidemiologists revealed that there is a rise in the number of older Americans who are abusing alcohol. The study contained data that had been collected in 2001 and 2002. This data was then compared to the one of 2012 and 2013. Each set of the study consisted of close to 40,000 American adults. The final findings that were published in JAMA Psychiatry noted that drinking had increased in America.

However, people above 65 years were less likely to drink compared to the younger generation. However, the older people told the interviewers that they had reformed in the past two years. The report also had some troubling news for senior citizens as the number of those drinking rose by 3.8 percent from 65 percent. According to the research, alcohol was defined as a problem if an adult could take more than five drinks in a day. At the same time, the drinks had to contain over 14 percent of alcohol. In a period of one decade, alcohol use disorders doubled in the USA. Three percent of the people who abused alcohol in the US were older people above the age of 65yrs. According to a University of California San Diego psychiatrist known as Marc Schuchit, something was driving this problem. However, the report did not investigate the causes of drinking in older people. However, there are speculations that it might have been as a result of the anxiety that was brought about by the recession. According to specialists, as people grow older, the risks from drinking increase.

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