Monkeys, I was just lazing around this evening with a beer in one hand and my mobile in another and suddenly this article from Bloomberg crops up in my feed. It says that Americans are drinking more than they used to and went on to predict that this could cause some dire implications for the country's future health-care costs.
The number of adults who binge drink at least once a week could be as high as 30 million, greater than the population of every state save California, according to a study published on Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry. A similar number reported alcohol abuse or dependency.
Apparently, excess drinking caused double the number of deaths than prescription opioids and heroin last year and the estimated cost of excessive alcohol consumption was almost $250 billion a year in the U.S.
Needless to say, my half-finished bottle of beer went to the trash can not long after it got me thinking. Does America Have A Drinking Problem?