Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Adult Drinking On the Rise
Fortunately, smoking rates amongst teenagers is on the decline yet about 20 percent of adults smoke and smoking habits remained the same as the year before.
The CDC determined that about 60 percent of American adults drink, HealthDay reports. The percentage of adults who had five or more drinks in one day in the previous year increased from 20.5 percent in 2005-2007, to 23.6 percent in 2008-2010.
Young adults ages 18 to 24 who smoke declined from 23.5 percent in 2005-2007, to 21.2 percent in 2008-2010. Less than one-half of smokers tried quitting in the past year, the study found.
“Smoking has remained very stubborn at one in five adults. It’s just a terrible addiction,” said report author Charlotte Schoenborn of the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “The one small little glimmer of hope I saw was in the 18- to 24-year-olds, where we saw some improvement.”
The findings come from a survey of 77,000 people.