The adverse effects of second-hand smoke are well-documented- the CDC estimates that tens of thousands of nonsmokers die every year within the U.S. due to publicity to another person’s cigarette behavior. However, a new study out Monday suggests that the second-hand results of alcohol consumption are one other supply of significant hurt, with one in five Americans harm by another individual’s drinking yearly.
The research, published within the Journal of Research on Alcohol & Drugs, depends on data from two nationally representative surveys taken of greater than eight thousand adults over the age of 18 in 2015. Based on that, Karriker-Jaffe and her team estimated that 21 % of women and 23 % of men within the U.S. had experienced some second-hand harm from alcohol in the past yr. However, there have been differences within the sorts and sources of harm experienced by either gender.
“Women are more likely to experience harms caused by folks near them, including spouses and partners, but also prolonged family like parents and siblings,” Karriker-Jaffe explained. “Men are more likely to be harmed by strangers, and these harms may be what involves thoughts for most individuals when they think about things like fights and harm caused by individuals who have been drinking.”
The examine is the latest to make the case that our alcohol habits may stand to be tempered a bit. Experts like Karriker-Jaffe have long known as for stricter policies that are already common elsewhere, like limiting alcohol-related promoting, raising taxes on alcohol, or lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit on drunken driving—policies that may change Americans’ willingness to get as drunk as we do (similar laws have already drastically driven down smoking rates in the United States).