As a family member becomes increasingly alcohol dependent, most families find themselves wishing they knew what to do. Initially we all tend to look the other way and hope that we're wrong, but eventually most of us will start getting angry as the side effects begin to spill over into our lives. Then we're also, probably, going to feel guilty about being angry. It is, after all, a disease, isn't it? How can we be mad at someone who is ill?

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There is a big difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism, and the treatment requirements for the two distinct problems differ greatly. Take a look at these seven signs of alcoholism, and if you see yourself in three or more, you are likely addicted to alcohol.


People often wonder at the level of their substance use or abuse, and although those people that do wonder have some cause for concern (as people with no problems with use don't think about it) there is a substantial difference between substance abuse and alcoholism; and while abuse may be effectively treated on an outpatient basis, or through a determined and personal effort at change, alcoholism often requires the greater intensity of residential alcohol rehab.

If you see yourself in three or more of the following, you are likely addicted and should consider getting professional treatment.

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The earlier people first begin drinking, the greater their chances of using alcohol as a coping technique to deal with stress later in life, a new study finds.

Researchers followed a group of 306 German children at risk for alcohol abuse (they had been followed from infancy as part of a larger study) and questioned them as teenagers and again at age 22 about their alcohol use. Among those who had a larger-than-usual number of stressful life events, those who had their first drink at age 13 or earlier consumed more than twice as much alcohol in the month before the survey compared to their counterparts who started drinking later in life.

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Are you one of many people who live with someone who drinks heavily? Do you wonder whether your partner is an alcoholic. Well you are certainly not alone. For many people living with problem drinkers means agony and confusion wondering whether their partner is actually an alcoholic or whether they are making a fuss about nothing. This is a very real problem for many reasons.

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There are two main types of programs for addiction treatment in Quebec. The inpatient treatment program and the outpatient treatment program are the two options, which an addict can select to get treatment for his or her addiction. The addicts and their families get really very confused when it comes to selecting the correct options out of these two. There are few differences in the way both the forms of addiction treatment in Quebec are carried out.

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