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Doctors urged to address alcohol use with patients

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Doctors should be questioning patients about their alcohol use.

The U-S Preventive Task Force estimates one-third of Americans misuse alcohol, resulting in about 85-thousand deaths each year.

The panel of medical experts found doctors could help patients cut down on drinking by offering counseling sessions to those with risky behaviors.

Studies showed counseling reduced heavy drinking by 12-percent and helped patients decrease their weekly alcohol consumption.

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