Alcohol Abuse

For most adults, moderate alcohol use is probably not harmful. However, about 18 million adult Americans have an alcohol use disorder. This means that their drinking causes distress and harm. It includes alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence ...1

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Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

With alcohol abuse, you are not physically dependent, but you still have a serious problem. The drinking may cause problems at home, work, or school. It may cause you to put yourself in dangerous situations, or lead to legal or ...2

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Complications of Alcohol Abuse

Each year among U.S. college students, alcohol contributes to about 1,800 deaths, 600,000 unintentional injuries and 700,000 assaults. Many college efforts have tried to reduce drinking by targeting students on campus. But fewer studies have looked ...3

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Causes of Alcohol Abuse

3) An older adult can safely have three alcoholic drinks each day, totaling 21 per week.

  • True
  • False


False. In general, to be at low risk for alcohol use disorder, healthy men and women over age 65 can have ...4

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Causes List for Alcohol Abuse

Some possible causes of Alcohol Abuse or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol use is common in this country. About two-thirds of American adults had at least 1 drink during the past year, according to an NIH survey. Occasional, moderate drinking usually poses few problems. More than 1 in 10 adults ...6

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Diagnosis of Alcohol Abuse

To be diagnosed with an AUD, individuals must meet certain criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Under DSM-5, the current version of the DSM, anyone meeting any two of the 11 criteria during ...7

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Risk Factors for Alcohol Abuse

Know the risks Research suggests that a woman is more likely to drink too much if she has any of the following:

  • Parents and siblings (or other blood relatives) with alcohol problems
  • A partner who drinks too much
  • The ability ...
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Treatments: Alcohol Abuse

However severe the problem may seem, most people with an alcohol use disorder can benefit from treatment. Unfortunately, only of a fraction of people who could benefit from treatment receive help. In 2012, for example, 1.4 million adults received ...8

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Prevention of Alcohol Abuse

How much alcohol is too much? That depends. Alcohol affects everyone differently. Researchers do know that drinking beyond a certain amount increases your risk for alcohol abuse or dependence. The risk increases substantially for men who have more than 4 ...9

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Research for Alcohol Abuse

Why does alcohol feel so good in small amounts but so lousy if you drink too much? Why do some people develop drinking problems while others donít? Scientists have been working hard to learn why people use, abuse and ...10

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  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): alcoholismandalcoholabuse.html
  2. ibid.
  3. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ jan2011/ capsule2
  4. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): magazine/ issues/ summer16/ articles/ summer16pg7.html
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2007/ December/ docs/ 01features_01.htm
  7. Source: NIAAA (NIH): alcohol-health/ overview-alcohol-consumption/ alcohol-use-disorders
  8. ibid.
  9. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2007/ December/ docs/ 01features_01.htm
  10. ibid.

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