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Alcohol's health risks are far easier to prove than its benefits

Drinking is part of American life, but its health consequences may be underplayed.
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Americans’ comfort with and acceptance of alcohol is high. Should it be?

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Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the world, including in the United States.

About 70 percent of adults in the United States report past-year alcohol consumption, with over 37 million drinkers reporting binge drinking (defined for women as four or more drinks per occasion, and five or more drinks per occasion for men) at least once a. The prevalence of past-year drinking has increased in the past two decades, from 65.4 percent in 2001 to 2002 to . Partially because it is such a commonly used substance, heavily marketed and glamorized in pop culture, Americans’ comfort with and acceptance of alcohol is high.

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