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Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

Alcohol abuse is a pattern of using alcohol that leads to problems in one’s life. These problems can put you or others at risk, hurt your job or family, and get you in trouble with the law. Alcoholism is an addiction to alcohol. This is a disease where the body is dependent on alcohol. It does not mean one is weak or a bad person.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism

You may have a problem if you:

a) Have more than two drinks a day.

b) Lie about how much you drink.

c) Get mad when asked how much you drink.

d) Take risks such as drinking and driving.

e) No longer do the things you used to.

f) Have trouble at your job or school because of drinking.

g) Feel hopeless or suicidal.

Alcohol & Your Health

Too much alcohol is not good for you. It can cause:

a) Liver disease.

b) Cancer of the liver, mouth, and throat.

c) High blood pressure.

Getting Help

There is help and you can get better. First, talk to your doctor. He or she can tell you about different treatments.

a) Medicine to lessen the urge to drink and help you cope with withdrawal symptoms.

b) Counseling to help you change your behavior.

c) Support from others who know what you are going through.

Resources Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

www.aa.org

1-877-515-1255

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov

1-800-662-4357

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