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Alcoholism 101

What exactly is alcoholism? Is it inherited? Find answers to these and other frequently asked questions about drinking problems.
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  4. Research and Stats (68)
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What Is Alcoholism?
The term alcoholism refers to a disease known as alcohol dependence syndrome, the most severe stage of a group of drinking problems.

Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcohol Dependence
What is the difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence?

But It Does Not Act Like a Disease!
One of the difficulties in recognizing alcoholism as a disease is it just plain does not seem like one.

Problem Drinkers
Many people who have a problem with alcohol are not alcoholics, and in order to quit drinking they do not necessarily need medical treatment, peer group support, or a spiritual awakening.

Five Types of Alcoholics Identified
Dispelling the myth of the typical alcoholic, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism researchers have identified five subtypes of alcoholics from a study of 1,484 people.

Alcohol and Substance-Abuse Related Videos
Watch these videos to learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse, the symptoms of alcoholism, how it is diagnosed and the treatment options available.

Treatment of Alcoholism
For alcoholics who have decided to get help for their drinking problem there are many different treatment programs and approaches available, but there is no medical cure.

Diagnosis of Alcoholism
Diagnosing alcoholism can be tricky, since the diagnosis depends on the drinker being willing to honestly answer a series of questions about his or her drinking patterns and attitudes.

Symptoms of Alcoholism
There are many symptoms of drinking problems, but there are seven major symptoms of the most severe drinking problem, alcohol dependence or alcoholism.

Hitting Bottom
For those suffering from the disease of alcoholism it seems to be an almost universal truth that before things can get better, they have to get worse -- sometimes a lot worse.

What Do We Mean By Alcoholism?
Alcoholism, also known as "alcohol dependence," is a disease that includes alcohol craving and continued drinking despite repeated alcohol-related problems, such as losing a job or getting into trouble with the law.

Top Myths About Drinking Alcohol
These are the most common misconceptions that many people have about drinking alcohol and the effects of alcohol, along with the actual facts.

What Is a Standard Drink?
Answers to frequently asked questions about alcohol and substance abuse.

Chemically Dependent
The definition of chemically dependent from the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.

Abstinence
The definition of abstinence from the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.

How Many Americans Drink Alcohol?
Although the percentage varies slightly from year to year, the annual Gallup poll of people who drink alcohol in the country has varied little since it first began in 1939.

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