Alcohol Abuse and Dependence (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Many people drink alcohol throughout their lives without any problems. Other people who drink alcohol have problems with it. Why do some people abuse alcohol and become dependent on it, while others don't?
Certain things make an alcohol problem more likely. These are called risk factors.
Risk factors include:2
Just because you have risk factors for alcohol problems doesn't mean you'll have a drinking problem. A person who has many risk factors won't always develop alcoholism. And a person with no risk factors can become dependent on alcohol.
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