From the year 1946 to 2015, the amount of people who attribute drinking as a source of problems within their family has grown 21%; from 15% in 1946, to 36% today. This percentage comes as a surprise, considering that the number of people who reported having eight or more alcoholic drinks has declined since the 1980s.
However, the study done by Gallup, attributed the increase in the percentage of the population naming alcohol as a source of family problems, to the fact that there is more awareness when it comes to alcoholism as opposed to previous years. The greater understanding of alcohol usage allows more people to correctly identify when alcohol is in fact the culprit of many family fights, and they in turn are more open to talking about the issue.
On the other hand, the study still points in the direction of a nationwide problem – excessive alcohol consumption as a whole. Some numbers, such as those found in a recent study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which revealed that binge drinking is responsible for almost one in ten deaths in adults 20 to 64 years of age. Furthermore, the study also found that alcohol was the second deadliest drug in the nation, following right behind tobacco.
While the high mortality rate may be due in part to the legality and overall social acceptance of alcohol, it still does not lessen the problematic nature of the state of the country’s alcohol consumption. In an effort to curb the recent trend, solutions like raising taxes on alcohol, have been proposed as a preventative measure.