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Even Occasional Drinkers Could Have a Problem, New Research Reveals


<< Back Statistics can be misleading, and new research demonstrates that many who consider themselves moderate drinkers may not have an accurate assessment of the damage they’re doing to their bodies. The research, out of Stanford University School of Medicine and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, digs into the practice of tracking drinking over the course of a week. For many people who only drink alcohol on the weekends, the impact might initially seem insignificant when examined against a seven-day week. Yet, if those drinkers consume enough over that two-day period, they could still be putting their health in jeopardy. Many of them, according to J. Craig Allen, MD, vice president of addiction services for Hartford HealthCare and medical director of Rushford , could be considered binge drinkers. The bottom line is that someone who drinks six or seven drinks on a Saturday night has a greater risk profile to themselves and others than someone who drinks one glass a day. “The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as four drinks for a woman or five for a man in a two-hour period,” Dr. Allen said. “Binge drinking has its own set [...]

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