New study shows 38 million Americans drink too much

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds 38 million Americans are consuming too much alcohol, and many healthcare providers aren't doing enough to screen and counsel patients on its health risks.

While most of those drinkers are not alcoholics, excessive drinking can cause health and social problems.

"There are several different patterns of problem drinking. One is binge drinking. A second is heavy drinking throughout the week, averaging more than two per day for men, and more than one per day for women," said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.

Researchers say alcohol screening and counseling can reduce binge drinking by 25 percent.

The CDC says have an honest chat with your doctors about what you're putting in your body since drinking can cause liver disease increase cancer risks.

Most health insurance plans now cover screening and counseling.

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