Report: Alcohol abuse up, but fewer alcoholics
Friday, June 11, 2004 Posted: 11:42 AM EDT (1542 GMT)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- More Americans are abusing alcohol than in the 1990s, but fewer are technically alcoholics, U.S. government researchers.
They found that the number of American adults who abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent rose to 17.6 million or 8.46 percent of the population in 2001-2002 from 13.8 million or 7.41 percent of the population in 1991-1992.
The researchers cannot say why heavy drinking is up.