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Primary care doctors should screen all adult patients for unhealthy drinking habits, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in new statement.
It also said doctors should provide brief counseling for those who drink more than the recommended limits, CNN reported.
The statement was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
That definition for women and older men is more than three drinks in one day and more than seven drinks in a week. There is no safe level of alcohol use for pregnant women, because drinking during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects and developmental problems in children, CNN reported.
Unhealthy alcohol use is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States, according to the task force.
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