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November 3, 2010

In America, alcohol use extends far beyond the limits of drug use. In 2005, 51% of all Americans consumed alcohol in  one month, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. But alcohol overuse presents just as serious a problem as the worst drug addiction.

Alcohol consumption becomes alcohol dependence or alcoholism when it creates problems and damages lives but these effects are ignored. Alcohol dependence indicates that there is an addiction to alcohol and that a person must find and consume alcohol to feel good or normal, be comfortable around other people, enjoy life, etc.

An alcohol addiction is a condition characterized by repeated, compulsive seeking and use of alcohol despite adverse social, mental or physical consequences. It is usually accompanied by psychological and physical dependence on alcohol and the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when it is rapidly decreased or terminated.


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