In Many Cases, Heavy Drinking Does Not Make You an Alcoholic

November 22, 2014 7:36 PM

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One might be surprised to find that only nine out of ten Americans who drink excessively meet the standards for alcohol dependence. Instead, they fall under the category known as “binge drinkers.” A recent study on alcoholism reveals that while 30% of Americans do drink more than healthy guidelines advise, only 10.2 percent of those heavy drinkers actually qualify under the category of alcoholics.

This study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) surveyed 138,000 adults about their alcoholic usage from 2009-2001.

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