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Public safety experts and advocates disagree about what conclusions can be drawn from data on the presence of alcohol or other drugs in the bodies of people involved in deadly crashes. juefraphoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Doctors have known for a long time that alcohol consumption can cause heart problems. Researchers in Germany used the Oktoberfest beer festival to link binge drinking to abnormal heart rhythms. Dan Herrick/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images hide caption

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The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

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Checkups & Choice is one of many web programs that looks to help people moderate their drinking and determine if they're at risk of alcoholism. Checkup & Choices/Screenshot by KUNM hide caption

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Public health officials want doctors to consider treating alcohol abuse with medications that have a track record of success. Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Sobering Up, And Facing The Reality Of Sex Without 'Liquid Courage'

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Efforts aimed at teen drinking and driving help reduce deaths, but so do broader alcohol control efforts. Roy Morsch/Corbis RM Stills/Getty Images hide caption

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Life Expectancy Drops For White Women, Increases For Black Men

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People who drink in moderation tend to be better educated and more well off, which increases their odds of being healthy. Photographer: Katsiaryna Pakhoma/iStockphoto hide caption

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Women Blast CDC's Advice To Use Birth Control If Drinking Alcohol

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Drinking with co-workers can be festive — and fraught. In an informal survey of Salt readers, 25 percent of you told us you'd gotten tipsy enough to regret it at an office party, and 80 percent said you'd seen a co-worker overdo it, with embarrassing results. iStockphoto hide caption

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From Tipsy To Regret: Your Tales From The Office Holiday Party

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Why Do People Get So Bent Out Of Shape About Drinking While Pregnant?

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