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o Explain to interested patients that this study may help explain why the results of some prior studies looking at a link between alcohol intake and depression have conflicted.

LONDON, Ontario, Jan. 4 -- Binge drinking appears linked to depression, particularly among women, according to a large survey.

Among women who typically consumed seven or more standard alcoholic beverages on an occasion, 24.5% met diagnostic criteria for major depression compared with 8.2% among women who usually consumed only one drink, said Kathryn Graham, Ph.D., of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health here, and colleagues.

The association was weaker for men and for depressed feelings rather than major clinical depression, which may explain inconsistent findings in previous studies, the authors said in the January issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

For full article, please visit:
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/depression/article/10168/53121

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