According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38 million Americans are binge drinkers.
The study found that 29% of U.S. adults are risky drinkers. Of those 29%, the CDC said that 4% were dependent on alcohol while the remaining 25% were not dependent.
Internal Medicine Doctor Blaine Purcell said that he has seen patients suffer multiple symptoms from heavy or risky drinking. Some symptoms included high blood pressure, liver disease and fetal alcohol syndrome.
The CDC is asking more doctors to talk with patients about their drinking. Screening and Brief Intervention or SBI is aimed at helping doctors identify drinking problems. SBI works by asking doctors to identify patients drinking patterns, ask how much they are drinking and also provide treatment programs.
Purcell said that even though the SBI is a good public policy that could curve drinking problems in the country. He also believes that the patient has to want to change him or herself too.
"Unless a person wants to be helped, I find it is difficult to help an alcoholic, just like it is any other addict."
Below is a link to the study.
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