Eighty percent of college students drink, and schools have had little success reducing those numbers, or the problems caused by excessive alcohol.
January 28, 2014 Drinking too much may seem like an essential part of college life for many students. But interventions aimed at getting students to drink less dangerously do work, a study finds. The efforts need to go beyond generic online courses and involve students on a personal level.
This looks like way more than one too many.
January 8, 2014 Scientists aren't entirely sure if moderate alcohol consumption is good for your heart. But they're very clear on the risks of drinking. And it turns out that moderate alcohol use is a lot stingier than most of us think, public health officials say.
Looks good. But maybe this time I'll stop at one.
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January 7, 2014 Alcohol uses causes a lot of health problems, and most of the trouble strikes drinkers who aren't alcoholics. Something as simple as a five-question screening test and a brief chat about cutting back can help people change course. But more than 80 percent of adults say they've never discussed alcohol use with a health professional.
Beer pong and other drinking games are popular among teenagers, and play a role in binge drinking.
September 17, 2013 Twenty percent of high school seniors say they binge drink, with 6 percent consuming 15 drinks or more in a row. This extreme binge drinking accounts for high rates of emergency room visits by teen drinkers, researchers say, and poses a health risk that until now hasn't been adequately measured.
Man, you are going to get wasted. The words drinkers choose to describe their behavior may say a lot about the risks they face.
July 10, 2013 The words people use to describe their drinking behavior can say a lot about how they perceive drinking, a perception that may not match reality, researchers say. And the language may also reveal risks that may not be obvious to the drinkers themselves.
Parents should tell parents about the risks of drinking long before they pop that first tab, a new campaign says.
May 13, 2013 Parents should talk to their children about avoiding alcohol long before they try that first drink. But how? Some scripts and talking points could make the task easier.
A bartender pours a beer at the Nomad Pub in Milwaukee, Wisc., in 2006.
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March 14, 2013 Wisconsin has the highest number of binge drinkers in the nation, and they cost the state $6.8 billion in 2012.
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January 8, 2013 About 13 percent of U.S. women go on drinking binges each month, say officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The damage from binge drinking runs the gamut from death to unintended pregnancy. Public health officials say binge drinking can be curbed with greater awareness and thoughtful interventions.
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Just 10 to 15 minutes of counseling from primary care doctors can reduce the risk of "risky" drinking, a federal task force says.
September 25, 2012 Patients who had multiple counseling sessions lasting 10 to 15 minutes were 12 percent more likely to quit binge drinking a year later, says a federal task force. Those benefits are enough to justify primary care doctors screening all adult patients for signs of problem drinking and providing counseling, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says.
Half of college students who drink say they have blackouts.
March 15, 2012 About half of college students who drink say they have blackouts. They're much more likely to end up in the emergency room, according to a new study, and cost a college about $500,000 a year in medical expenses.
A man who has five drinks or more at one sitting is bingeing.
January 10, 2012 About 1 in 6 Americans, or 38 million people, went on at least one drinking binge last year, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
August 17, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie, and filmmaker John Sayles talks about his movie, Amigo. In the second hour, Thomas Vander Ven talks about the consequences of binge drinking and his book, Getting Wasted, and an update on the conflict in Libya.
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