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CDC Director Pushes for Doctor Talks to Fight Alcoholism

CDC Director Pushes for Doctor Talks to Fight Alcoholism

Have you ever struggled with controlling your drinking? Do you wish that you could quit drinking altogether? How much do you drink each week, would you say? Do you ever do anything that you later regret because of your drinking? Do you wish that you didn't drink so much? Where exactly is the line between "problem drinking" and "alcoholism"? If you're not sure where it is, you're not the only one. Millions of Americans are alcoholics, and it's a disease that causes social, career, family, and health problems. Now, the director of the Centers for Disease Control is urging America's doctors to talk to their patients about problem drinking and alcoholism.

"The goal is to have a conversation," said Tom Frieden, the director of the CDC. He added that not all problem drinkers are alcoholics. "We're not saying no one should drink," he said. But he said that basic conversations about how much drinking is appropriate are not happening in 5 out of 6 doctors visits. That one conversation could reduce people's drinking. "When ever doctors discuss substance abuses with patients, it does cause those people involved to not only become concerned, but also reduce their consumption," said the CEO of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

Do you ever wonder if you drink too much? Do you ever think that you go too far when you consume alcohol? Do you wish that you could quit drinking and beat alcoholism? Alcohol addiction is a crippling disease that affects millions of Americans, but they don't have to suffer alone. Call Retreat at Lancaster County to learn about our PA rehab center and how we can help you beat your alcoholism, from PA all the way to OH, NJ, NY, MD, DE, and CT.

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