Smart Woman: Health Concerns on Over-Consumption of Alcohol

Published 01/07 2014 04:37PM

Updated 01/07 2014 05:42PM

New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show most doctors never discuss alcohol use with their patients. Government health officials say at least 38-million Americans are consuming too much alcohol. And while most are not alcoholics, excessive drinking can cause health and social problems.

There are several different patterns of problem drinking. One is binge drinking.  A second is heavy drinking throughout the week (averaging more than two per day for men and more than one per day for women).

The report considers a standard drink five ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or a shot of 80-proof liquor. The CDC says excessive drinking causes about 88-thousand deaths in the U.S. each year.

Researchers have found alcohol screening and counseling can reduce a binge drinker's consumption by as much as 25-percent. Screening for excess alcohol use needs to become routine just as we screen for high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

The CDC recommends all adults have that honest chat with their doctors. 

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