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Drinking On The Rise In U.S., Especially For Women, Minorities, Older Adults

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry looks at rates of alcohol use from 2002 to 2013. Alcohol use in general went up, and problem drinking — binging, abuse and dependence — increased even more.

More Americans are drinking alcohol, and a growing number of them are drinking to a point that's dangerous or harmful, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry this week.

The study, sponsored by a federal agency for alcohol research, examined how drinking patterns changed between 2002 and 2013, based on in-person surveys of tens of thousands

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