The trend of drinking alcohol among adults in the US increased over the past decades but it seems to decrease significantly now, as claimed by a new study. The number of people drinking alcohol decreased over the last twenty years. This shows that this generation is not as interested in drinking as its ancestors.
The findings of this study were published recently in JAMA Pediatrics.
The study shows that alcohol abuse decreased significantly among the young generation. Data shows that nearly 28 percent of the younger adults gave up drinking alcohol over the past 2 decades. Sean Esteban McCabe is the lead author of this study and also the director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, and Health.
McCabe said that the decreasing number of alcohol drinking youngsters is encouraging for them. The trend is almost the same among people who go to college and those who don’t go to college. The study does not mention the reason behind the drop in alcohol use disorder among these people.
According to the authors of this study, the decrease in this trend might be due to the increasing number of younger adults who live at their parent’s home. Also, many efforts related to alcohol prevention started over the past years which helped decrease the number of alcohol abuse cases.
This behavior is not only prevalent among Americans but also the youngsters in the UK. Binge drinking habits decreased significantly among people in the UK and the US. Even though the data is prosperous for both countries, the trend of misusing other substances increased among the young generation.
These people are not only abusing drugs such as alcohol and marijuana but other substances as well. The psychology professor, Ty Schepis from Texas State University said that using alcohol and marijuana can have long term negative side effects. Using both of these drugs together lead to even more harm than when used individually.
Treatment of co-use of such substances is even more difficult and leads to worse outcomes in such individuals. Even though the trend of alcohol abuse decreased over the past years, young adults started the co-use of drugs even more than before.
Data shows that between the years 2015 and 2018, nearly 2.5 percent of youngsters misused substances such as prescription drugs. These young adults did not misuse alcohol and marijuana. However, 25.1 percent of young adults who co-used both of these drugs also misused prescription drugs. This data is alarming and the difference between these two groups is far too great.
The authors of the study suggest the policymakers to take action against this increasing trend and make decisions to address the situation. The continued co-use of these drugs can lead to devastating consequences among the young population of the US.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young people between the age of 12 to 20 contribute to 11% of alcohol consumption in the US. Meanwhile, the legal drinking age in the US is 21 years and above. This study included young Americans from the age of 18-22 years old.
The trend of drinking alcohol is no doubt decreasing among young Americans. However, there is a bigger problem of substance co-use that must be addressed by higher authorities.