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Do You Have A Problem?

Alcohol abuse is described as any harmful use of alcohol and that by definition is a drinking problem. Is your drinking alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence?
  1. Diagnostic Tests (20)
  2. Frequently Asked Questions (14)

Alcohol Abuse Screening Quiz
If you consume alcohol it is important to know if your drinking is safe, risky or harmful. This test can help you assess your risks and decide if you have a drinking problem.

What Is a Functional Alcoholic?
Many people think of alcoholics as disheveled, homeless winos who have lost everything, but there are people who meet the criteria for a medical diagnosis for alcohol dependence who are highly functional in society and still have their jobs, homes and families.

How Can I Tell If I Have a Drinking Problem?
The short answer is if you have to ask, chances are you have a problem. If others in your life have told you that you have a problem, you probably do.

Diagnosis: Alcohol Use Disorder
There really is no official diagnosis of alcoholism. The condition everyone knows as alcoholism is now officially called severe alcohol use disorder.

Do You Hide How Much You Drink From Others?
If you are hiding your drinking from those around you or lying about how much you drink, you could have a problem.

Adult Children of Alcoholics Screening Quiz
Did you grow up with a problem drinker? Those who grow up in homes where there is alcohol abuse or alcoholism are sometimes affected in ways they do not even realize.

Are You Addicted?
Not everyone who uses drugs becomes addicted, but substance abuse can cause problems for individuals whether they are technically addicted or not.

Drug Abuse Screening Quiz
Do you need treatment for substance abuse? Take this this adapted from the Vanderbilt University Addiction Center.

Addiction Is a Chronic Brain Disease
Addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease that results in the pathological pursuit of rewards despite negative consequences.

Addiction Changes Brain's Reward System
Pursuing rewards is a normal, but when addiction develops the pursuit of rewards can become pathological due to changes in the brain's reward circuitry.

17.6 Million Americans Have a Drinking Problem
About one-tenth of American adults, or 19.4 million persons, meet clinical criteria for a substance use disorder -- either an alcohol or drug use disorder or both -- according to NESARC survey results.

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