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Alcohol Overuse

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A recent NIH study shows that the incidence of alcohol abuse is increasing - according to the study, more than 38-million adults binge drink an average of four times a month.   We'll interview the head of the National Institute for Alcohol and Alcoholism about his findings - and how much alcohol is too much.  And we will include BDN blogger Alex Steed, who has been writing regularly about his decision to stop drinking a little more than a year ago.

Guests: Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism .
  Alex Steed, blogger, Bangor Daily News.

Resources mentioned on today's program -

Evaluate your own drinking habits at the NIH "Rethinking Drinking" website:
http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/

A caller from Bangor Public Health recommended this screening tool:
http://www.alcoholscreening.org/Home.aspx

An emailer wanted to promote Al-Anon for those negatively affected by someone else's drinking:
www.maineafg.org

And, Alex Steed mentioned this recent RadioLab program:
http://www.radiolab.org/story/addiction/

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