Heavy drinking not limited to young adults

Dietary guidelines recommend that if alcohol is consumed it should be consumed in moderation, which means up to two drinks per day for men and up to one drink per day for women.

This analysis of data from the 2009-2010 NHANES found that drinking more than the recommended amount was common and not confined to young adults.

Overall, on a given day, 36% of men and 21% of women drank alcohol, 17.6% of men and 10.6% of women drank more than the recommended amounts, and 8.2% of men and 2.7% of women drank heavily.

Men and women in the 31 to 50 age group were the most likely to drink more than the recommended amounts, while men and women age 75 and older were the least likely to exceed the recommended limits.

Heavy drinking is an important public health problems that is not confined to young adults, according to the authors.

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