Scientists have learned how many working days the United States loses due to the drunkenness of the population

(ORDO NEWS) — American researchers have found that the United States consumes a lot of alcoholic beverages, which is why the country loses 232 million working days every year.

According to Rospotrebnadzor data for 2016, the consumption of pure ethanol in our country was more than 10 liters per person.

According to studies by scientists from the Higher School of Economics, this figure is even higher, although there is an encouraging trend: from 2005 to 2016, the volume of alcohol consumption by Russians fell from 18.7 to 11.7 liters of pure alcohol per capita.

This is also evidenced by the data of the World Health Organization for 2019: they believe that over the past 15 years, alcohol consumption in Russia has decreased by 43 percent.

How the situation will develop further is still unknown. In general, alcohol consumption is associated primarily with economic difficulties. One of the reasons for heavy drinking is lack of work and low wages.

As it turned out, working Americans also have serious problems with alcohol. These conclusions were reached by scientists from the University of Washington (USA), who presented them in the journal JAMA Network Open.

In an effort to find out what the relationship is between alcoholism and absenteeism at work, the researchers examined data from a representative cross-sectional sample collected from 2015 to 2019 using the National Survey on Health and Drug Use, which included 110,701 American adults.

The study was conducted using a survey. His analysis showed that a person with a mild drinking disorder misses about 18 days annually, with a moderate one almost 24 days. Each interviewee with severe alcohol use disorder – 32 working days per year.

This is likely due to binge drinking, as the figure was almost twice as high as for people who do not have problems drinking alcohol ( 13 days annually for one person). In total, alcoholics missed more than 232 million work days a year.

As the authors of the work found, suffering from a drinking disorder made up about 9.3 percent of all full-time workers. Among the unemployed was 14.1 percent of alcoholics. Drinking disorder was more common in men and young adults, as well as whites, Hispanics, and those with low incomes.

According to the researchers, the problem was exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated self-isolation, so data for 2020 and beyond was not even included in the analysis.


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