Is America’s Drug Problem Fueling a Binge Drinking Epidemic?

“America is binge drinking way more than 10 years ago.”

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine today calculated an increase in drinking over the past decade, escalating from 31 percent to 39.6 percent of adults drinking five or more drinks in two hours. The problem is especially rampant among college-age Americans, with 49 percent of men and 30 percent of women consuming two or three times over the binge threshold.”

To add to this, drug use can compound a drinking problem, and America is currently in grips of a drug epidemic. While the relationship between drug addiction and alcoholism is fuzzy, the people vulnerable to abusing drugs are also vulnerable to abusing alcohol, according to the National Institutes of Health.

“This kind of poly-substance use disorder is seen very prominently among young people,” said Dr. Marc Galanter, director of the NYU Langone Medical Center Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

It is difficult to pinpoint what exactly is causing this binge drinking epidemic, but it seems to be a mix of access, economic stress, and lifestyle.

“With the opioid epidemic tearing apart communities across the country, and alcoholism becoming commonplace, it’s clear that we have to do a better job curbing all substance abuse. And we will have to start earlier than ever before.”

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