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For most adults, moderate alcohol use is probably not harmful. However, about 18 million adult Americans are alcoholics or have alcohol problems. Alcoholism is a disease with four main features:

  • Craving - a strong need to drink
  • Loss of control - not being able to stop drinking once you've started
  • Physical dependence - withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, or shakiness when you don't drink
  • Tolerance - the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to feel the same effect

Alcoholism carries many serious dangers. Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers. It can cause damage to the liver, brain, and other organs. Drinking during pregnancy can harm your baby. Alcoholism also increases the risk of death from car crashes, injuries, homicide, and suicide.

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  1. Alcoholism (National Library of Medicine)  
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  2. Alcohol Alert: Genetics of Alcoholism From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)  
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  4. JAMA Patient Page: Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (American Medical Association) - PDF  
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  7. Family History of Alcoholism: Are You at Risk? Easy-to-Read From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)  
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  8. Naltrexone for Alcoholism (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
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  9. ClinicalTrials.gov: Alcoholism From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  10. Alcoholism (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
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