The task force found that the most effective amount of counseling for people who are risky drinkers is several sessions between six and 15 minutes each, whereas single visits under five minutes are less effective.
Although the panel reviewed different types of counseling, including stress management and action plans, it did not make specific recommendations.
The task force will accept comments about the recommendations until Oct. 22.
The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has more about the health effects of alcohol.
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