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Studies show Americans' use of alcohol on the rise

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Americans' use of alcohol is on the rise, that's according to a study published in Jama Psychiatry.

Researchers tracked drinking patterns among 40,000 people during 2002 and 2003, and again in 2013 and 2014. They found that, during that time, alcohol use disorders rose by almost 50 percent.

Researchers estimate 30 million people in the U.S. struggle with an alcohol use disorder; that's one out of every eight Americans. The greatest increase in alcohol use disorders was found among senior citizens. Over the study period, there was a 106.7 percent increase in alcohol use disorders among people 65 and older.

An alcohol use disorder is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a situation where drinking interferes with home, family or job responsibilities, and increases a person's chances of danger or injury.

A person with an alcohol use disorder isn't able to stop drinking and experiences withdrawal symptoms when coming down from intoxication.

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