Total alcohol abstinence is the cornerstone of treatment for patients with alcohol use disorders and alcoholic liver disease.
One-third of cases may be avoided if patients maintained a healthy weight and limited alcohol consumption.
An automated telephone call prior to a primary care visit can encourage patients to discuss their alcohol consumption.
Light to moderate alcohol intake increased the risk of alcohol-related cancers in women.
White and Native American men had the highest rates of lifetime drinking problems - 33% and 43%, respectively.
Only a minority of primary care providers appropriately screen or intervene with at-risk alcohol users.