The Check-Up: You Might Have a Drinking Problem

Compared to your parents and grandparents, anyway

A new analysis of over 30 studies on drinking habits has found that younger generations consistently consume more alcohol than older ones. Researchers examined data dating from 1948 and found that, overall, Americans drink less than counterparts in Europe and Australia, but that the number of nondrinkers in the States is declining. In fact, baby boomers are more likely than previous generations to engage in binge drinking and develop alcoholism. And, notably, drinking rates continue to rise among women.

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