Among 149 Countries, Alcohol Intake Increased By 70% Between 1990 And 2017

A long-term analysis found that alcohol intake increased by 70% between 1990 and 2017, according to the Lancet.

A new study funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that alcohol intake across the globe spiked 70 percent between 1990 and 2017, making alcohol the 7th largest risk factor for disease in the world, according to The Hill.

Most of the people afflicted with alcohol abuse have mild to moderate problems associated with their consumption, according to the report. A large portion of these problem drinkers haven’t, for example, been fired from their jobs, or been incarcerated because of drunk-driving. Most of them don’t have a physical dependence on alcohol.

Drinking more than one drink per day, however, has been associated with family and financial problems. Among women, that level of consumption increases their risk for motor vehicle crashes, high blood pressure, and suicide.

Yale University associate professor Joan Cook writes that “People have the most success in reducing their problem drinking when they have specific plans and some guided instructions.” Goal setting, through which consumers set an abstinence goal and a plan to get there, is also helpful.

Lastly, Cook writes, heavy drinkers should engage “in an in-depth analysis of the factors that lead to problematic drinking.”

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