Americans Drink Less Beer And More Wine
A 50 year study has shown that Americans are drinking less alcohol, but health issues related to alcohol consumption still don't decline.
Framingham Heart Study is a study involving 8000 participants born between 1900 and 1959. Researchers periodically questioned participants once in four years between 1948 until 2003. All participants were carefully examined for health and drinking history.
Researchers examined the data that was gathered in 50 year period and found that drinking levels are significantly declining.
People are now drinking less beer and more wine, but hard liquor consumption rates remain the same. There are fewer people drinking heavily, especially among older participants. There are also lots of participants who reported no drinking at all. However, those participants of the study who are born in the later part of the 20th century drink more than those born earlier.
Yuqing Zhang from Boston University School of Medicine says: "The findings in this study may be considered encouraging in many ways: the average amount of alcohol has decreased among Americans, but at the same time, the cumulative incidence of alcohol use disorders has not shown a decrease, and continuing efforts at preventing them are warranted."
Despite of optimistic results of the study, the number of alcohol related illnesses doesn't decline. Probably, this is because longer time is needed to correct health complications caused by drinking. The research urges the need of more education to make public understand how dangerous drinking is and that health conditions do not magically disappear immediately after stopping drinking.