Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the FAQ section. Here you can find the answers to most of your questions about alcoholism, alcohol abuse, alcoholics, and any other related topics. What follows are some of the questions (and their corresponding answers) you may have about alcoholism.

What Is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence, is a condition marked by intense cravings and persistent drinking despite the occurrence of problems related to alcohol, such as getting into trouble and losing a job. Four common signs determine the alcoholics: craving, impaired control, physical dependence and tolerance.

Is Alcoholism a Disease?

Yes, alcoholism is a habitual and frequently progressive disease manifested by the strong urge to drink regardless of its serious adverse consequences. Similar to other diseases, alcoholism has a clearly defined course and has relatively known symptoms. Both genetic and environmental factors influence the development of alcoholism as shown by current research.

Can Alcoholism Be Inherited?

Although alcoholism appears to run in families, children of alcoholic parents do not necessarily develop the disease. Until now, extensive research is under way towards identifying which genes determine susceptibility to alcoholism. However, it is fairly recognized that one's environment, such as circle of friends, levels of stress, and easy access to alcohol, has some influence in the development of alcoholism.

Is There a Safe Drinking Level?

"Four common signs determine the alcoholics: craving, impaired control, physical dependence, and tolerance."Yes. Alcohol-related problems can be avoided in most cases by drinking moderate amounts of alcohol. Two drinks per day for men and one drink a day for women are considered within safe levels. However, there are some people who should refrain from drinking completely. These include pregnant women; people who need to drive or operate heavy machinery; those who work in occupations requiring skill and attention; people taking specific drugs; people with health problems that might get worse if accompanied by alcohol drinking; alcoholics undergoing recovery; and people below 21 years old.

Is There a Cure for Alcoholism?

There is good news for people with problems related to drinking and alcoholism. A wide range of help and support is available for them.

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