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CDC Urges Doctors to Use Alcohol Screening Tools with Patients

Drinking is a health hazard and contributes to many health and social issues in the U.S., yet many doctors do not discuss alcohol use with their patients, USA Today reports. The CDC released data, based on a survey of 166,753 adults over age 18 from 44 states and the District of Columbia, that suggests that only 1 in 6 patients report being spoken to about alcohol use. The rate is a bit higher in those who admitted to binge drinking but was still low at 1 in 4. The CDC states that talking with patients about alcohol can reduce use, and urges to make “alcohol screening and brief counseling part of routine care…so that doctors, nurses, social workers and others can work together and use the latest technology, including electronic screening and counseling tools.”

Read the article published by USA Today.

Read the CDC report.