Most Heavy Drinkers Are Not Alcoholics

November 21, 2014 10:48 AM

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According to a new study, the majority of people who drink too much alcohol are not, in fact, classifiable as alcoholics. The study, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that while one in three adults are binge-drinking, nine in ten of those adults are not full-blown alcohol dependent.

“It also emphasizes the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to reducing excessive drinking that includes evidence-based community strategies, screening and counseling in healthcare settings, and high-quality substance abuse treatment for those who need it.”

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