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It’s Alcohol Awareness Month and it’s an important reminder that alcohol remains the leading killer in the U.S., according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, it’s been that way for four generations.

For the Baby Boomers (49 – 67), the average age of which alcohol was frequently consumed was 19. For Generation X (37 – 48) and Millennials (21 – 36), that age rises to 22, according to data obtained from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The Collage Group collected data on the changing alcohol landscape. The results showed that Millennial’s drink more alcohol – specifically, liquor – than both their parents and grandparents. Millennial’s also show more of an affinity for wine at an earlier age.

Why do people drink? Millennials drink for special occasions and to feel comfortable around people. For Gen X and the Boomers, they’re drinking mostly to relax, according to the Collage Group.

While not everyone who drinks abuses alcohol, it’s important to remember that alcohol can be an addictive substance when one over consumes. SAMHSA defines binge drinking as over four drinks for women and over five drinks for men within two hours. Heavy alcohol use is defined as drinking more than the recommended limit for over five days per month.

Signs of alcoholism include:
• Decreased involvement in extracurricular activities
• Loss of interest in work or school
• Depression
• Lack of interest in family or friends
• Preoccupation with drinking
• Restlessness
• Inability to control drinking
• Erratic behavior
• Violent behavior

If you’re someone who enjoys having an alcoholic beverage to wind down after work, you’re low-risk. For others who feel that alcohol is taking over their lives and ability to function the way they used to, there are many treatment options available – including the New England Recovery Center.

To inquire about treatment options for yourself or a loved one, call us anytime at 844-228-6372.

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