A new study says as many as 30-million adults binge-drink at least once a week. The same number report alcohol abuse or dependency. The numbers represent a more than 12-percent increase in problem drinking since the last study ten years earlier.
Women showed a larger increase in alcohol abuse than men did. Underage drinking has declined.
Healthcare experts say that could mean more social problems and a lot more healthcare expenses in the future. The study is published in yesterday's edition of JAMA Psychiatry.