WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Alcohol is causing problems in families across the country at a near record-high rate, according to a new Gallup poll.
The poll looked at reports of alcohol-related family trouble, something police say is a common problem in the Valley.
According to the poll, 36 percent of people report that alcohol has caused trouble in their families. That's one of the highest numbers since Gallup started tracking these numbers back in the 1940s.
However, the high rate does not stem from an increase in drinking as hat number actually has gone down slightly.
Waynesboro police say alcohol is a factor in two out of three domestic violence calls they respond to.
"The recipe is always there. And we just hope that people try to resolve their situation without trying to bring alcohol into the equation. All families have discord. But when alcohol is brought into that equation, that's when violence erupt," said Sgt. Brian Edwards, with the Waynesboro Police Department.
Edwards also said while fights are a part of life, don't try to dull your problems with alcohol because that just compounds the problem.