Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 18:33
A study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
and Alcoholism and the New York State Psychiatric Institute suggests that more
than 30 percent of American adults have abused alcohol or suffered from
alcoholism at some point in their lives.
The study shows that few have received
treatment. On average, alcoholics who did receive treatment, did so eight years
after they developed dependence on drinking, or around age 30. The numbers
differed by gender. 42 percent of men reported a history of alcohol abuse-
while only 19 percent of women reported such a history. Caucasians and Native
Americans were more likely to abuse alcohol than other ethnic groups.
Alcohol abuse, defined by the American Psychiatric
Association’s diagnostic manual, is drinking-related failure to fulfill major
obligations at work, school or home; social or legal problems; and drinking in
hazardous situations. A previous report showed that 4.7 percent of adults
reported alcohol abuse in 2001-2002.