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Alcoholism Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Recived by the NIAAA


Updated April 11, 2014

Here are the questions The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism most often receives about alcohol along with their answers. They provide information to better understand the health consequences of alcohol abuse and dependence (alcoholism). Consult your physician or health care provider if you or a loved one has an alcohol problem.

What Exactly Is Alcoholism?

Not everyone who abuses alcohol or has a drinking problem is an alcoholic. There are varying degrees of alcohol abuse problems.

Is There a Cure?

If you have a drinking problem, the good news is there is a wide range of help and support available.

Alcoholic or Problem Drinker?

Who is at risk to become an alcoholic? If someone is an alcoholic, can they learn to drink moderately?

Help for Alcohol Problems

How do you get help for someone who refuses it? If they do want help, where do they start?

Health Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol abuse can cause a wide range of health problems to almost every system in the body.

Who Else Is Affected

It is true that others around the alcoholic are also affected, including family members, friends and even employers.

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