Usually with alcohol, because it is legal, but also other illicit drugs, and this is not as acceptable today as it was even twenty years ago. (alcohol
mostly, including drunkeness, alcoholism
, DUI/DWI, etc.) And the stigma on mental illnesses is also lessening, which allows people to seek help and discuss their problems openingly. SO it is probably some of all of these issues that makes it look like an epidemic is occurring. That's my theory, anyway.