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USA: Epidemic of Alcohol Use Disorder

USA: Epidemic of Alcohol Use Disorder

New data from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) shows that almost 20 million people in the United States suffer from an alcohol use disorder. This translates to 1 in 12 people suffering from alcohol use disorder. 7 million children grow up in families with parental alcohol use disorder. More than 50% adults have a family history of alcohol use disorder.

The alcohol harm for health include several types of cancer, liver cirrhosis, heart problems, stroke, stomach bleeding, a weakened immune system, brain damage, mood changes and more. Alcohol use increases the risk of death from car crashes and various injuries. In USA more than 88,000 deaths each year have an alcohol-related cause, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Alcohol Harm in USA

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The total alcohol per capita consumption of alcohol in the USA is higher than the average for the WHO Americas region. The negative effects are observable from data showing U.S. citizens of both sexes suffer from alcohol use disorder and alcohol dependence significantly more comparative to the WHO average for the region.

Alcohol marketing is known to affect alcohol consumption but, USA is yet to implement the proven effective alcohol control policy measure of alcohol advertising regulation.

Source Website: The Washington Post