Overconsumption of alcohol is a significant factor in U.S obesity. Bariatricians should learn to ask their patients about the topic, with appropriate seriousness & politeness, in a way likely to garner an honest answer. I can explain how to do this--I may do so in the future--but honestly, the ability to talk to people should be the doctor's chief skill. If it isn't, they are in the wrong business.
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