When we’re going through a tough time, sometimes we feel like we’re the only ones who don’t have it together. But that’s not true—a lot of people go through dark days, often very similar to our own. A new study published by JAMA Psychiatry found that 14% of American adults suffer from drinking problems—that’s about 33 million people. If you struggle with alcohol, know that you’re not the only one.
To gather this data, researchers conducted face-to-face interviews with over 36,000 randomly selected people about their drinking behaviors. After months of interviews and analyzing all the data, they concluded that alcohol use disorder is a “highly prevalent…disabling disorder that often goes untreated in the United States.”
One of the saddest results the study found was that only 20% of the respondents that suffered a lifetime alcohol disorder were ever treated; 80% were untreated. Large numbers of people either don’t know they have an alcohol disorder or know they do but are afraid of the judgement they’ll receive if they seek treatment.
What these numbers show is that people need help, and there is absolutely no shame in seeking it. You are not alone—you are not the only person struggling with alcohol and you are not the only person in need of help.
The authors of the study finished by saying “Most importantly, this study highlighted the urgency of educating the public and policy makers about alcohol use disorder and its treatments, destigmatizing the disorder, and encouraging among those who cannot reduce their alcohol consumption on their own, despite substantial harm to themselves and others, to seek treatment.”
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