Alcohol use — and misuse — is common in society and can carry health risks. Alcohol misuse can range from binge drinking and risky drinking to the actual disorder of alcoholism, all of which can potentially lead to health consequences. For example, alcohol use is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Because of that, physicians play a key role in educating patients about the risks of alcohol. The American Medical Association provides updates on alcohol health recommendations, alcohol guidelines, policies on alcohol consumption and statements. Find more alcohol news and resources here.