Alcohol Abuse and Dependence (cont.)
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It's not clear why some people abuse alcohol or become addicted to it and others do not. Alcoholism often runs in families (genetic), but your drinking habits also are influenced by your environment and life situations, such as friends or stress levels.
Signs of alcohol abuse
Signs of alcohol dependence or addiction
Other signs include:
Signs of alcohol problems in children and teens can be different from the ones for adults. For more information, see the topic Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Do you have a drinking problem?
You might not realize that you have a drinking problem. You might not drink large amounts when you drink. Or you might go for days or weeks between drinking episodes. But even if you don't drink very often, it's still possible to be abusing alcohol and to be at risk for becoming addicted to it.
If you think you might have a drinking problem, take a short quiz to check your symptoms:
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