NIH study finds doctors miss many alcohol screening opportunities

November 9th, 2011 by Claudia Sloan Leave a reply »

Physicians often fail to counsel their young adult patients about excessive alcohol use, according to a study led by NIAAA.

NIAAA guidelines for low risk drinking call for men to drink no more than four drinks in a day and no more than 14 drinks per week. For women, the guidelines are three or fewer drinks per day and no more than seven drinks per week. Previous studies have shown that screening and brief interventions by health care providers — asking patients about alcohol use and advising them to reduce risky drinking — can promote significant, lasting reductions in drinking levels and alcohol-related problems.

Press Release: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2011/niaaa-06.htm

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