Fast Five Quiz: Alcoholism (Alcohol Use Disorder)

Steve Soreff, MD

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January 24, 2023

According to research, among younger people (eg, college students), regular consumption of highly caffeinated energy drinks is strongly associated with alcohol dependence. This makes the group a key target population for prevention strategies.

Among youth aged 12-17 years, AUD is more common in females than males. According to estimates from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 414,000 adolescents aged 12-17 years (1.7% of this age group) had AUD, including 251,000 females (2.1%) and 163,000 males (1.3%).

The prevalence of alcoholism generally declines with increasing age. The prevalence in older adults is unclear but is approximately 3%. The prevalence of AUD is generally highest among White persons and Native Americans.

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