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NIH Study Finds Alcohol Use Disorder on the Increase

A new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reports that nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. have an alcohol use disorder (AUD) at some time in their lives, but only about 20 percent seek treatment. The study also reveals a significant increase in AUDs over the last decade; that rates of AUD were greater among men than women; and that among adults between ages 18 and 29, more than 7 percent had an AUD within the past year, suggesting a need for more effective prevention and intervention efforts among young people. More broadly, the researchers note the urgent need for efforts aimed at educating the public about AUD and its treatment, as well as destigmatizing the disorder.

Researchers conducted more than 36,000 face-to-face interviews of U.S. adults as part of the 2012-2013 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III,  a continuation of the largest study ever conducted on the co-occurrence of alcohol use, drug use and related psychiatric conditions. For more information about the study and its results, see the full NIH press release.