Are more people married to an alcoholic spouse? Probably so because in the last 20 years, excessive drinking has increased. If you feel isolated and alone in your situation with your alcoholic husband or alcoholic wife, there are many others in your position according to a recent analysis published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research whose lead author is Dr. Raul Caetano.
National drinking patterns were analyzed based on 85,000 responders to a questionnaire. Bottom line: 20 years ago, people did not drink as much.
Here are the main findings:
Excessive drinking has increased among all 3 ethnic groups: Caucasians, Hispanics, and African-Americans.
Of the Caucasian women who drink, they consume more alcohol than 20 years ago.
More people are binge drinking (consuming 5 or more in a row).
Dr. Rael Caetano at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas proposes several contributing factors to this trend including the aging population, the influx of immigrants, and the depressed economy. According to the data he collected, men under 60 without a college degree and people who are unemployed drink more. Does your alcoholic spouse fall into any of these categories?
The trend is clear- more people are drinking, and heavier drinking (binge drinking) has increased especially in Caucasian women. Therefore, if you have a Caucasian alcoholic wife she is more likely to drink more heavily than the last generation. Not good news!
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