The Straits Times
Published on Feb 25, 2013

Study says too many Americans still drink too much


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - On any given day in the United States, 18 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women drink more alcohol than federal guidelines recommend, according to a study that also found that 8 per cent of men and 3 per cent of women are full-fledged "heavy drinkers."

That means the great majority of Americans stay within the advised limit of two drinks a day for men and one for women, according to the study that appeared in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

"And in fact, most adults don't drink at all on any given day," said lead author Patricia Guenther, a nutritionist at the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Centre for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

"But the fact remains that it is a significant public health problem that many people do drink to excess."