Study Finds Large Increase in Alcohol Use, High-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Use Disorders
The percentage of Americans who use alcohol, engage in high-risk drinking or have an alcohol use disorder has risen substantially, a new study finds.
Children whose parents use alcohol or drugs are at increased risk of medical and behavioral problems, according to a new report.
“Alcohol misuse and substance use are exceedingly common in this country, and parents’ or caregivers’ substance use may affect their ability to consistently prioritize their children’s basic physical and emotional needs and provide a safe, nurturing environment,” said report co-author Vincent C. Smith, MD, MPH.
About 20 percent of U.S. children grow up in a home in which someone misuses alcohol or has a substance use disorder, the report notes.