Researcher Bridget F. Grant, Ph.D. and her coauthors have published nationally representative statistics and information regarding the prevalence and treatment of alcohol use disorder across the country. As definted by diagnostic classification, alcohol use disorder is present in 29.1% of the population, but only 19.8 get treatment for the disorder. The study saw that the highest prevalence was among men who were white or who were Native American. It was also highest among younger respondents who had been previously married or never married before.

“‘Most importantly, this study highlighted the urgency of educating the public and policy makers about AUD [alcohol use disorder] and its treatments, destigmatizing the disorder and encouraging among those who cannot reduce their alcohol consumption on their own, despite substantial harm to themselves and others, to seek treatment,’ the study concludes.” 

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