Tomorrow's Health: Many Americans Drink Too Much Alcohol


Story Updated: Jan 21, 2014

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds millions of Americans are consuming too much alcohol.

Also, cases of lung cancer in the in the U.S. are slowing down and there's a new device to help prevent sleep apnea.

Alcohol Use

Most doctors never discuss alcohol use with their patients, according to the report.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 38 million Americans drink too much alcohol. While most are not alcoholics, excessive drinking can cause health and social problems.

The CDC says there are several different patterns of problem drinking. One is binge drinking. A second is heavy drinking throughout the week, averaging more than two per day for men and more than one per day for women.

Researchers say screening and counseling can reduce a binge drinker's consumption as much as 25 percent.

Lung Cancer Drop

Another CDC report shows cases of lung cancer dropped between 2005 and 2009. The rate fell more rapidly for men than women.

The American Lung Association says the figures prove tobacco control efforts are working.

Sleep Apnea Device

An experimental device is showing promise for sleep apnea.

The impantable device, called Inspire, provides a mild electronic stimulation to the patient's upper airway during sleep to help prevent the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway.

Researchers say a year after the device was implanted, patients experienced fewer interruptions during their sleep.

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