Is Beer Commonly Abused and/or Addictive?
Abusing beer or drinking it in excess is not an uncommon problem in the United States. Beer typically has a low alcohol content by volume such as 3% to 6% on average, which does make it easy to not always know much is being consumed. A standard 12-ounce glass of beer in the United States will contain five-percent alcohol, which is .06 ounces of pure alcohol. The craft beer industry, however, does continue to increase the amount of alcohol per volume with the different types of beers being produced. Despite having lower amounts of alcohol, beer can be easily abused, and much of this will happen at social gatherings, in bars, or at sporting events. You are hanging out with your friends at a bar, and three pitchers of beer later, you are still not done. Binge drinking beer is the biggest problem, especially among adolescents, and those aged 21 to 34. Binge drinking beer would be consuming five or more beers in a couple of hours for men, and four or more beers in a couple of hours for women.
An alcohol use disorder can happen quite easily when beer is abused, and regardless if it is a mild, moderate or a severe problem, it will create negative effects on a person's physical and mental well-being. The craft beer market has caused more people to become interested in beer, and with 6000 plus breweries in the United States, there are quite a few beers to choose from. The most common age group for beer drinkers in the United States right now is 21-34 years of age, and of course followed by those who are 35 to 50 years of age. Prior to someone becoming legal age in the United States, which is 21, they will be exposed to beer early one. In fact, most high school kids will have tasted beer well before they reach the 12th grade. This early exposure to beer does have the risk for creating an alcohol abuse problem later in life. For example, when high-school students make the transition into college, they will be part of the statistic of one in four college students facing academic problems because alcohol use. Binge drinking beer is part of these issues, and beer drinking is often looked at as an American past time in college, or a rite of passage. Men in general in the United States are more likely than women to engage in high-volume beer drinking, which can lead to significant problems with the physical and mental health.