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The number of elderly Americans struggling with alcoholism is expected to nearly double by 2020, according to a study published in the journal Addiction and reported on by The Dallas Morning News.

The number of elderly seeking treatment for alcoholism, and for substance abuse is expected to rise continuously as the baby boomer generation ages, according to SAMHSA.

“We are seeing an increase in substance and alcohol misuse, abuse and dependency among seniors,” said Dr. Amy Amend Johnson, assistant professor of Geriatric Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “This has been primarily attributed to the aging of the baby boomers, who likely had increased exposure to substance use as they came of age, compared with the previous generation.”

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