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CDC Defines "Heavy Drinkers"

Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study saying one in 10 deaths among Americans between 20 and 64, are due to excessive alcohol consumption.
Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study saying one in 10 deaths among Americans between 20 and 64, are due to excessive alcohol consumption.

That's 88-thousand people a year.

The agency also defines how many drinks one must have to be considered a "heavy drinker."

Women are considered "heavy drinkers" if they have eight or more drinks a week , for men it's 15 or more drinks.

Local Big 2 spoke with an official from the Palmer Drug Abuse Program of Midland and she says she agrees with these numbers.

"Usually, one or two drinks is more social than four or five drinks. I think reports like this make people have to take a look at their behaviors," said Michele Savage, Executive Director for PDAP

The CDC considers a drink to be either about 12 ounces of beer or five ounces of wine.

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