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Frequently Asked Questions about Alcoholism.
#1: What is alcoholism?
Alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence, is a disease that includes the following four symptoms:
#2: Is alcoholism a disease?
Yes, alcoholism is a disease. The craving that an alcoholic feels for alcohol can be as strong as the need for food or water. An alcoholic will continue to drink despite serious family, health, or legal problems. Like many other diseases, alcoholism is chronic, meaning that it lasts a person’s lifetime; it usually follows a predictable course; and it has symptoms. The risk of developing alcoholism is influenced both by a person’s genes and by his or her lifestyle.
#3: Can alcoholism be cured?
No, alcoholism cannot be cured at this time. Even if an alcoholic hasn’t been drinking for a long time, he or she can still suffer a relapse. To guard against a relapse, an alcoholic must continue to avoid all alcoholic beverages.
#4: Can alcoholism be treated?
Yes, alcoholism can be treated. Alcoholism treatment programs use both counseling and medications to help a person stop drinking. Most alcoholics need help to recover from their disease. With support of treatment, many people are able to stop drinking and rebuild their lives.
#5: Does alcoholism treatment work?
Alcoholism treatment works for many people. But just like any chronic disease, there are varying levels of success when it comes to treatment. Some people stop drinking and remain sober. Others have long periods of sobriety with bouts of relapse. And still others cannot stop drinking for any length of time. With treatment one thing is clear, however; the longer a person abstains from alcohol, the more likely he or she will be able to stay sober.
Frequently Asked Questions about Alcoholism
Reference: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Mental Health Information Center
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