Text message medicine: Texts from the ER can reduce binge drinking

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 20:30 in Health & Medicine

Young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more than 50 percent after receiving mobile phone text messages following a visit to the emergency department, according to a study. Hazardous drinking is defined as five or more drinks per day for men and four or more drinks per day for women. Excessive alcohol consumption, including binge drinking, is responsible for an estimated 10 percent of deaths among working-age adults in the United States.

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