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Binge Drinking & Vaping Consumption Reached An All-Time High Among Adults

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It seems like there’s an all-time high usage of alcohol and smokes surrounding adults in the U.S.

From binge drinking and blacking out, to vaping, smoking weed and hallucinogen consumption of drugs.

New research from the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future (MTF) panel revealed that middle-aged adults ages 35 to 50 are using marijuana and hallucinogens at record levels.

When it comes to sipping alchy, the study noted that there has been a massive spike in the mid-age bracket. While, the use of marijuana and vaping pens have seen a jump for younger adults between the ages of 19-30.

Regarding marijuana and hallucinogens use, binge drinking and vaping, the study also found:
About 44% of young adults reported using marijuana in the past year, an increase from 28% about a decade ago. Daily marijuana use reached its highest level in the age group, nearly doubling from 10 years ago, with more than 1 in 10 using cannabis almost every day.
For adults ages 35 to 50, marijuana use more than doubled compared with 10 years ago with 28% reporting having used the drug.
Young and middle-aged adult groups used hallucinogens such as LSD, MDMA, mescaline, peyote, mushrooms or psilocybin, and PCP at a significantly higher rate compared with 10 years ago. Among adults ages 19 to 30, 8% reported use of hallucinogens in the past year, and 4% of adults 35 to 50 years old reported use.
Nicotine vaping among young adults nearly doubled over the past five years, from 14% in 2017 − when the measure was first added to the survey − to 24% in 2022.
Binge drinking for the middle-aged group had reached its highest levels in 2022 at 29% compared with 25% in 2017 and 23% in 2012, respectively. Almost 30% of middle-aged adults reported having five or more consecutive drinks in the past two weeks.

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