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Alcohol Use Disorder on the Increase, Often Untreated

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Washington DC (infoZine) – A new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, reports that nearly one-third of adults in the United States have an AUD at some time in their lives, but only about 20 percent seek AUD treatment. The study also reveals a significant increase in AUDs over the last decade. The new findings are reported online today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

“These findings underscore that alcohol problems are deeply entrenched and significantly under-treated in our society,” said NIAAA Director George F. Koob, Ph.D. “The new data should provide further impetus for scientists, clinicians, and policy makers to bring AUD treatment into the mainstream of medical practice.”

A team of researchers led by Bridget F. Grant, Ph.D., Ph.D., of the NIAAA Division of Biometry and Epidemiology, conducted more than 36,000 face-to-face interviews of U.S. adults, as part of the 2012-2013 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III (NESARC-III). NESARC III is a continuation of the largest study ever conducted on the co-occurrence of alcohol use, drug use, and related psychiatric conditions. The original NESARC survey was conducted in 2001-2002.

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