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Portrait of a Heavy Drinker

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Two-thirds of U.S. adults reported consuming alcohol in 2018. Five percent were defined as "heavy drinkers." Here's what they look like:

They are equally divided among men and women. They consume 15 or more alcoholic beverages weekly. They tend to be between the ages of 45 and 64. They are two to three times more likely to be white, compared with other racial groups.

They are not happy, with a higher percentage saying they are regularly depressed, anxious or worried compared with lighter-drinking peers.

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Most people think they know the difference between an opioid and other drug types, but in a survey of 1,000 Americans, only 1 in 5 could recognize the names of seven commonly prescribed opioids: tramadol, hydromorphone, morphine sulfate, methadone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and oxycodone.

They also tended to misidentify six common non-opioid medications as containing opioids: hydrocortisone, hyaluronic acid, omeprazole, oxymetolazine, oxytocin and trazodone.

 

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