Our pals at CNN Health report that according to researchers from the University of Texas School of Public Health and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Americans are drinking more.
Per our lunchtime poll yesterday, our data doesn't address the "more" aspect of the question, but Eatocracy readers sure don't seem to be drinking any less.
The question was "Do you drink alcohol? Not how frequently, why or any of that. Do you or don't you?"
Yes 86% (24,368 votes)
No 8% (2,246 votes)
I used to, but I don't now. 6% (1,780 votes)
Total Votes: 28,394
And from the comments, "Hell, I'm drunk right now." - Beerman
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The article seems to be saying that more Americans are drinking, not that the ones drinking are having more booze. "More people are drinking, but they seem to not be drinking heavily as frequently," as one researcher says.
It is the current economic situation that is most likely driving the increase in alcohol consumption. Historically, in times of financial crises, the consumption of alcohol has increased accordingly. It is pure escapism. Human nature folks!
Excessive alcohol consumption reflects social shift from fine culture to money & power.
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