A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry highlights the results of one of the largest surveys ever conducted regarding alcohol, drugs, and co-occurring disorders. The National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions found that almost 30% of American adults have had an alcohol use disorder at some point. Furthermore, the numbers show a recent spike in alcohol use disorders over the past decade, and the percentage seeking professional treatment for the disorder remains somewhat low.
The study interviewed more than 36,000 people between 2012 and 2013, inquiring about everything from psychiatric disorders to alcohol and drug use, as well as treatment services. While all findings proved incredibly informative, researchers highlighted the “especially striking” finding that 7% of 18- to 29-year-olds had dealt with severe alcohol use disorder within the past year. They also found that only about 20% of those suffering from AUDs sought treatment at some point in their lives.
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