According to a new alcohol study, more people are drinking alcohol now than 20 years ago. The data from the study is gathered from more than 85,000 respondents and suggests that many factors, including social, economic and ethnic influences and pressures, were responsible for the increase.
“The reasons for the uptick vary and may involve complex sociodemographic changes in the population, but the findings are clear. More people are consuming alcohol now than in the early 1990s,” said Dr. Raul Caetano, dean of the University of Texas Southwestern School of Health Professions and the lead author of the study.
The study findings suggests that continuous monitoring of alcohol consumption is necessary to better understand the reasons that affect use. Monitoring also would help to detect as early as possible signs that rates of risky drinking behaviors like binge drinking may be rising.
“Changes in the population due to aging, the influx of immigrant groups, and a decline in mean income level because of economic recessions can all impact trends in drinking and problems associated with drinking,” Caetano said.