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Only 1 in 6 Patients Have Talked with Their Providers About Drinking — Physician’s First Watch

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January 8, 2014

Only 1 in 6 Patients Have Talked with Their Providers About Drinking

By Amy Orciari Herman

Only 16% of U.S. adults have ever discussed alcohol use with their healthcare providers, according to a CDC report in MMWR.

As part of the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, nearly 170,000 adults reported whether a clinician had ever talked with them about alcohol use. Among the other findings: 25% of binge drinkers had ever had such conversations, and just 13% within the previous year. Women were less likely than men to report talking about alcohol with their providers.

The CDC reminds clinicians that since 2004, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that primary care clinicians screen adults for alcohol misuse and provide behavioral counseling if appropriate.

Reader Comments (1)

George Kent, MD Physician, Psychiatry, Retired

Be careful of a clinician's assessment. The doc may see a problem only if you drink more than he/she does. :-)

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