Experts are becoming increasingly concerned over changing trends in alcohol use and abuse, with researchers finding that there has been an uptick in a variety of drinking behaviors, including “high-risk” alcohol consumption. The Huffington Post has more about recent expert analysis that sheds light on the issue: Research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry … earlier this month examined and compared two large studies where American adults self-reported their drinking behaviors. One study, conducted from 2001 to 2002, contained more than 40,000 survey responses while the

second study of more than 35,000 responses, was conducted from 2012 to 2013. Overall, Americans who reported they drank at least once in a year-long period increased by 11 percent. High-risk drinking, meaning drinking four or more beverages per day at least once a week for women and five or more for men, increased by 30 percent. Alcohol use disorders, which is where individuals’ drinking interferes with their everyday lives and they find it difficult to stop, increased by almost 50 percent. READ MORE