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Health Behaviors of Adults: United States, 2008-2010


Chapter 3. Alcohol Use
Prevention of excessive alcohol use is a public health priority and is the focus of research and public health initiatives across a number of federal agencies (45–50). While light to moderate alcohol use has been associated with health benefits for many adults, especially in terms of cardiovascular risk, regular or episodic heavy drinking and binge drinking pose considerable health risks (49). Any
amount of alcohol poses risks for pregnant women and for adults with an alcohol addiction (50). This chapter
presents information on average alcohol use and episodic heavy drinking (that is, five or more drinks in 1 day) for U.S.
adults (Tables 3.1–3.4).
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