Alcohol Abuse and Dependence (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
Alcohol use problems may be diagnosed during a routine doctor visit or when you see your doctor for another problem. Many people don't go to a doctor for alcohol problems but for problems that are caused by long-term alcohol use.
To learn which type of questions your doctor may ask, use this short quiz:
People who drink also may have mental health problems. These may include depression, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you have a drinking problem and a mental health problem, it's called a dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis can make treatment for an alcohol problem harder.
If your doctor thinks you have a mental health problem, he or she may do a mental health assessment.
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