According to a new study, it is found that nearly a third of all adults in the United Stated meet the requirements of alcohol use disorder, or AUD, at some point of time in their lives, but less than one-fifth of those people seek treatment.
The study is conducted by the national Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
It was found that the overall rates of AUD showed significant increase over the last decade as well.
NIAAA Director George F. Koob, Ph.D. said, “These findings underscore that alcohol problems are deeply entrenched and significantly under-treated in our society. The new data should provide further impetus for scientists, clinicians, and policy makers to bring AUD treatment into the mainstream of medical practice.”
For the study, more than 36,000 people were interviewed for the study between 2012 and 2013 for the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III, which started in 2001 to track the occurrence of alcohol use, drug use and other related psychiatric conditions.
The most recent data showed that 13.9 percent of U.S. adults met requirement for the AUD in the previous year and 29.1 percent met the criteria at some point in their lives, only 7.7 percent of those with a 12 month disorder had sought help and 19.8 percent who had experienced in their lifetime has sought for help.
The statistics from the 2012 to 2013 are based on the definition of the AUD in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-V, which combines the alcohol abuse and dependence conditions.
Researchers have found that by using the DSM-IV criteria, the study conducted during 2012 and 2013 showed that the past year and lifetime occurrences of AUD were 12.7 percent and 43.6 percent. Researchers said that these would be notably increases over the 2001 to 2002 study that was also conducted using DSM-IV criteria and found rates of 8.5 percent and 30.3 percent.
The findings of the study are published in Psychiatry.