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As the opioid crisis ravaged the country, mainstream American became more aware of the dangers posed by certain painkillers. However, there’s another epidemic that doesn’t grab too many headlines.

Instead, this public health crisis is documented in two recent studies. One tracked the drinking habits of 40,000 Americans between 2002 and 2003 and again between 2012 and 2013 reflected an alarming trend in alcohol use. Based on extrapolated data, the JAMA Psychiatry study found that “alcohol use disorders” increased drastically, and that approximately one in eight Americans battle an alcohol use disorder.