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Alcoholism is a Family Disease

Alcohol Dependence Syndrome, sometimes called alcohol abuse or alcoholism, is a family disease that affects your family members, relatives, friends, and can even affect employers. Alcoholism affects your neighbors and your community because of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there were 10,338 deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers in 3011. Do you know how many alcohol related deaths occurred in your neighborhood, your community or your town this year?

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Alcoholism can harm almost every part of your body and increase your risk of getting cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, liver and kidney disease, cause nerve damage, and more. Even after you stop abusing alcohol some of the damaging and harmful affects to your body are permanent. You'll live with the damage for the rest of your life.

Isn't it time YOU quit?

Resources for the Alcoholic

Alcoholism by Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic discusses alcoholism and binge drinking, symptoms, the causes of alcoholism, the risk factors of alcoholism, complications, tests and treatments, lifestyles, coping, and support groups.
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
Find out what the symptoms of withdrawal are and the more serious withdrawal signs and tells you why you should see a doctor for both types of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Alcohol Poisoning
Alcohol poisoning is very serious and can be deadly. People who survive alcohol poisoning irreversible brain damage. If you suspect that someone has alcohol poisoning immediately get medical help.
Treatment for Alcoholism
There is no medical cure for alcoholism, but there are treatment programs and support programs for alcoholics and their families.

Resources for the Family

Everything you need to know about alcoholism, drugs, and addition, plus help and support.
Alcohol and Its Effects on Family Life
Alcohol and its effects on family life can have life long consequences for those who live under its influence. This is the view point from a child who survived the silent war that alcohol waged upon his family.
Support Groups for Families of Alcoholics
A support group is often the only place where children of alcoholic or addicted parents feel that they can be themselves.
Children of Alcoholics
There are 18 million alcoholics in the U.S. according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. As a result, an estimated 36.8 million children are exposed, at varying degrees, to alcoholism in the family. These children are at higher risk for alcoholism and other drug abuse than are children of non-alcoholics, and are more likely to marry an alcoholic as well.
Stories From Children of Alcoholics
Support, personal stories and experiences, advice, chat, talk, forums, videos, pictures and resources from real people, just like you.

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