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Tackle Alcohol Abuse

When Ohioans think about the substance abuse epidemic, they are likely thinking about opioids or methamphetamine. But there is another substance affecting Buckeye State residents — increasingly so as depression and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic have led some to attempt self-medication.

Alcohol abuse is hitting alarming rates in Ohio. In fact, a survey commissioned by AlcoholRehab.com showed 16% of those surveyed in the state considered themselves to be blackout drinkers. The national average is 13%.

It’s a problem worth talking about. Among the solutions must be an end to glorifying binge and blackout drinking, and the idea that it is harmless partying. This will call for some serious conversations among families, groups of friends, and maybe even between doctors and patients who have decided it is time for an honest talk. But for some Ohioans, honest conversations might just be lifesavers.

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