MMWR Vol. 63 / Early ReleaseCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 01/07/2014 01:03 PM EST
Volume 63, Early Release
January 7, 2014
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|Vital Signs: Communication Between Health Professionals and Their Patients About Alcohol Use — 44 States and the District of Columbia, 2011|
Lela R. McKnight-Eily, PhD
Excessive alcohol use accounted for an estimated 88,000 deaths in the United States each year during 2006–2010, and $224 billion in economic costs in 2006. CDC analyzed Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data from a question added to surveys in 44 states and the District of Columbia (DC) from August 1 to December 31, 2011, about patient-reported communication with a health professional about alcohol. This report summarizes the surveillance.