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People urged to talk to their doctors about alcohol use

By Beatrice Epwene, WFMZ.com Reporter, BEpwene@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 22 2014 11:54:15 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2014 12:00:07 AM CST
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

 A new study finds that 38-million Americans drink too much but only one in six has ever actually talked about it with a medical professional.

The study from the C-D-C finds that despite the health risks of binge-drinking, very few people are honest with their doctor about their behavior.

Many people are not discussing their drinking habits with their doctors, the study finds.

Emergency physician, Rahul Khare, says a short conversation with patients can help people reduce their alcohol use.

He said, "We have actually found that even by talking with people that binge-drink, we can actually decrease their alcohol in-take the next time they start to drink, so it is very powerful and effective."

Several dangers are associated with drinking too much. Besides alcoholism, drinking increases the risk of heart disease, breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy.

Binge-drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men within two to three hours.

According to the report, drinking too much causes about 88-thousand deaths each year in the U-S and is responsible for about 224-billion dollars in economic costs in a single year.