Sobering Statistics: Alcohol Use Disorder in the U.S.

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June 26, 2015

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David Vittoria, assistant vice president of the Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center at South Miami Hospital, shares his perspective on a recently published study on alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the United States.

America has a drinking problem. It’s serious – affecting nearly a third of all Americans, with millions of men and women showing evidence of a serious alcohol-related problem at some point in their lives. Also concerning is that only 20% of those that identified their alcohol problem have actually sought help for it.

These sobering statistics are found in a study just published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. It’s the first comprehensive look at the widespread problem of Alcohol Use Disorder, as newly defined by the American Psychiatric Association.

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