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US drinking more now than just before Prohibition

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Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 12:15 PM CST
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Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted.

What's more, it's been rising for two decades, and it's not clear when it will fall again.

That's the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption.

They also show increases in emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths tied to drinking.

It's true that drinking among teenagers is down, and there are signs that more people are taking alcohol seriously- including the "Dry January" movement that's been making rounds on social media.

But overall, public health experts say America still has a drinking problem.

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