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TEAM PHYSICIAN’S CORNER

ALCOHOL AND ATHLETES:
A HIGH-RISK COMBINATION
FOR BINGE DRINKING

KATHLEEN E. CARR, MD STORIES OF THE USE OF ILLICIT DRUGS
Sports Medicine Fellow AND ERGOGENIC AIDS BY ATHLETES, particularly
Departments of Family Medicine & Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin Medical School in years when Olympic games are held, often overshadow a much more
Madison, Wisconsin common problem.

BEN K. GRAF, MD Alcohol remains the most frequently consumed drug among college
Associate Professor athletes, and the number one killer of teenagers and young adults in the
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery United States. Binge drinking is prevalent on college campuses nationwide,
University of Wisconsin Medical School and there is growing evidence that collegiate athletes are more likely to
Madison, Wisconsin engage in this risky behavior and to suffer alcohol-related harms than
their nonathlete peers.

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