From the July 2010 magazine.

Heavy drinkers engage in unhealthy behaviors

Alcoholism at Large

New research suggests that heavy drinking is just one part of a constellation of unhealthy and unwise behaviors.

Researchers who surveyed 7,884 hospital patients in Oregon and Washington found that risky drinkers--those who had an average of three or more alcoholic drinks daily--were more likely not to wear seat-belts, and were less likely to see their doctors regularly.

"Our study found that men and women who drank the most had less collaborative relationships with their doctors and were more likely to dislike going to the doctor. They were also...