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Have You Ever Discussed Your Alcohol Consumption With a Doctor?

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Women visit the doctor for a wide range of health concerns. It’s understandable if you haven’t managed to talk about every potential health issue or risk factor with your doctor yet.

But let’ s be honest. When was the last time, if ever, that you actually talked to your doctor about how much alcohol you drink on a daily, weekly and monthly basis?

If you’ve never talked to your doctor about your alcohol consumption, you’re not alone.

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report pointed out that only about one in six adults has ever talked with a health professional about their alcohol consumption.

To be more specific, among adults who currently drink, 17.4 percent have discussed their drinking habits with health professionals, and 25.4 percent of binge drinkers have discussed their alcohol consumption with health professionals.

People ages 18-24 are most likely to discuss their drinking habits with health professionals (27.9 percent). Men were also significantly more likely than women to discuss their alcohol consumption. (2)

So why is this a problem?

According to the CDC, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to many health problems and risky behaviors, including increased risk for breast cancer and heart disease. There can also be violence and suicide risks involved with high alcohol intake.

Many adults don’t even know what excessive drinking is. People who fall into the category of “drinking too much” include any pregnant women who drink, people under the age of 21, people who drink over the recommended weekly limit, and people who binge drink, according to the CDC.

For women, binge drinking is considered four or more drinks imbibed in one sitting. During a week, if a woman drinks eight or more drinks on average she is considered to be drinking too much as well. And remember, one “drink” is only five ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor.

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I see many Booze related problems and court cases in my job its one of the biggest problems in the world today IMHO its just so easy to spiral into it being a major problem.


May 24, 2014 - 7:46am

Thankyou Rheyanne,

Its true that many people who consume alcohol because they are addicted to it are afraid to reveal their actual consumption per day/ week to friends and family, let alone a doc.

There could be other reasons as well but from my personal experience with a friend I believe the behaviour is triggered by the fear that they will be asked or forced to reduce the intake, which is something very difficult to do for long-time addicts.

Thankyou for this great share!


April 12, 2014 - 8:33am
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