Drinking too much alcohol is associated with many health and personal problems, and is responsible for approximately 88,000 deaths a year in the U.S. This podcast discusses the importance of discussing drinking habits with a health care provider. Created: 1/16/2014 by MMWR.
Date Released: 1/16/2014. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Last Call for Alcohol
Communication Between Health Professionals and Their Patients About
Alcohol Use — 44 States and the District of Columbia, 2011
Recorded: January 14, 2014; posted: January 16, 2014
[Announcer] This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Drinking too much alcohol is associated with increased risk for heart disease, breast cancer, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, motor-vehicle crashes, and suicide. It accounts for approximately 88,000 deaths a year in the U.S.
Most adults who drink too much are not alcoholics. Health provider screening and counseling has proven to be effective in helping people drink less. However, only one in six U.S. adults reported ever discussing alcohol consumption with their doctor. These discussions should be routine. Talk with your health care provider, especially if you’re concerned about how drinking is affecting your life.
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