The researchers found heterogeneity in the association between recorded alcohol consumption and the initial presentation of 12 cardiovascular diseases.
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.