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If i always have compulsions to drink, does that mean i'm an alcoholic?

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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Does alcohol rule U?: Alcoholism means that drinking alcohol is interfering with your life in some way. If this is the case or others think you need help, go talk to an addictions counselor or go to a 12 step meeting. Also see a medical doctor to see if drinking is hurting your health. If you drink instead of working, spending time with your family, or going to school, alcohol is probably a problem for you.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Maybe: One definition of addiction that i like is that an addiction is a brain disease which causes a person to engage in behaviors that he or she knows could lead to dire consequences-the person knows this is true-but still continues to engage in the behavior. One can become addicted to food, sex and substances. It has to do with how much of an impairment it causes in the person's overall functioning.

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