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Alcoholism (cont.)

Prevention of Alcoholism

Prevention of alcoholism is best accomplished by abstinence. You must first have access to alcohol before becoming dependent on the substance. A strong family history of alcoholism is a warning that you are at increased risk of becoming dependent on alcohol. Increased awareness of such a risk may help modify your attitude toward alcohol consumption. A strong social support system and early medical or psychiatric intervention may also help prevent the escalating consumption of alcohol so characteristic of alcoholism.

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