Doctors may underestimate binge drinking

August 17, 2009 10:56:01 AM PDT
A new study suggests doctors are missing many signs of binge drinking and that the problem is greater than anticipated.

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Researchers at Duke University and the National Survey on Drug Use looked at the drinking patterns of men and women ages 50 to 64. They found that 23 percent of men and 9 percent of women in that age group engaged in binge drinking within the past month.

Executive Vice President of the Hanley Center, Carol Colleran, says, "This is not a teenage problem. This is not a college level problem. This is a problem that's existing in today's boomer population."

Experts say the survey has a lot of credibility because some 11,000 adults were questioned.

Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in a row.

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