“Heavy Drinking Days” increase in 2016. Wonder why?

In 2016, the number of people reporting having at least one “heavy drinking days” was up a bit compared to 2015, according to National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data. “Heavy drinking days” are defined in the survey as “having five or more drinks in a single day for men, and four or more drinks in one day for women,” and are considered markers for risky drinking behavior and an increased risk for alcoholism and other drinking-related health issues. The statistical backstory on this survey release is discussed in an article MedPage Today contributing writer Salynn Boyles, which can be accessed here.


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