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 Infographic: About 38 million adults in the US drink too much. Only 1 in 6 has talked about it with a  

Infographic: About 38 million adults in the US drink too much. Only 1 in 6 has talked about it with a health professional. For men, binge drinking is 5 or more drinks consumed on one occasion within 2-3 hours. For women, binge drinking is 4 or more drinks consumed on once occasion within 2-3 hours. Drinking too much includes 15 or more drinks on average per week for men and 8 or more drinks on average per week for women. One drink equals 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1-1/2 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor. Drinking too much includes any alcohol use by pregnant women and any alcohol use by those under age 21.

Source: CDC Vital Signs. January 2014. www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2011; Volume 31

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