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How long do you have to be drinking to cause the affects of chronic alcohol abuse?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Addictive Disease: Dr. Nora volkow, head of the natl. Institute for drug abuse describes an addiction as a: brain disease, which causes a person to engage in a behaviors which may lead to dire consequences, the person knows that, but continues the behaviors. It is possible to be addicted to food, gambling, sex, drug or alcohol. Chronic alcohol abuse can adversely affect every organ in the body except kidneys.
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Last updated Dec 10, 2013


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