Alcohol Abuse

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Alcohol abuse and alcoholism cut across gender, race, and nationality. Nearly 14 million people in the United States alone abuse alcohol or are alcoholic. In general, more men than women are alcohol dependent or have alcohol problems. Alcohol problems are highest among young adults ages 18-29 and lowest among adults ages 65+. People who start drinking at an early age increase the chance that they will develop alcohol problems at some point in their lives. How do you know if you or a loved one has a drinking problem?

Ever haveā€¦

  • A drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
  • A feeling you should cut down on your drinking?
  • An upset with people criticizing your drinking?
  • Bad or guilty feelings about your drinking?
  • A strong need, or urge, to drink?
  • An inability to stop drinking once you start?
  • Nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking.
  • A need to drink larger and larger amounts of alcohol to get “high.”

If you think that you or someone you know might have an alcohol problem, it is important to get help now.