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ONE TOO MANY: For men, excessive drinking is having five or more drinks in one sitting, or 15 or more drinks during a week. For women, it is four drinks on one occasion or eight drinks over the course of a week. Excessive drinking is viewed as a major public health problem that results in 88,000 deaths a year, from causes that include not only alcohol poisoning and liver disease but also car crashes and other accidental deaths.

Survey prompts rethink on heavy drinkers

US government study finds most people who "drink to get drunk" are not alcoholics, and strategies to change their behaviour could curb excessive drinking.
Nov 22, 2014 5:50 AM

MOST people who drink to get drunk are not alcoholics, a new government report concludes, suggesting that more can be done to help heavy drinkers cut back.

The finding, from a government survey of 138,100 adults, counters the conventional wisdom that every "falling-down drunk" must be