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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are alcohol problems?

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Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
See below: If you have consequences from drinking such as physical, emotional, legal, or social difficulties associated with alcohol use, then you may have an alcohol problem. Identifying the problem is the first step toward recovery. You doctor can help you set up a program to curb or eliminate your drinking and put an end to the problems it may have caused.
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
No short answer: Alcohol damages virtually every human organ system - mostly the brain and nervous system, liver, gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, heart and many others. In social amounts (less than 2 drinks per day), damage is uncommon, and such amounts may be protective against hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis). In larger amounts, damage may be severe, and include dangerous behaviors (driving etc.).
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Who can I talk to about alcohol problems?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Many folks: I escaped from a home where alcohol was a problem and fortunately did not inherit the tendency to lose control. Many others are not so fortunate. If an alcohol abuser is a problem for you, there's al-anon; if you feel you have lost control, it's no more a thing to be ashamed of than a birthmark. Aa's is good, your pastor has heard it many times before, and any sane advisor will be of help. Peace.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can my boyfriend have an alcohol problem?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
If you have to ask..: You've already read online about signs of a person who is losing or about to lose self-control with respect to alcohol. If this fits the picture, you have my sympathy and don't let your emotions keep you in a relationship that will ultimately make you miserable. If he drinks occasionally, this is not a sure sign of a future problem though there are people who'll tell you this. Be discerning.
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Last updated Sep 30, 2020

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