A new study from the National Institutes of Health shows that about 42 % of people in the US who drink alcohol regularly also take prescription medications that can interact with alcohol.This study looked at data from more than 26,000 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Additionally, 78 % of individuals over 65 who are current drinkers are taking prescription medications that have an interaction with alcohol. The most commonly used medications were cardiovascular agents, central nervous system and metabolic agents. Because of the adverse effects of mixing alcohol and prescription medications, it is important to counsel patients and make the public aware of this dangerous interaction. How often do you educate patients about the potential interactions of their medications with alcohol? How do you promote compliance to these medications?
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