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Alcohol is the most used and abused drug in the world for this reason thereis no wonderwhy we have alcohol problems The most common problem is alcoholism Alcoholismisa chronic usually progressive disease that includes both a psychologicaland a physicaladdiction to alcohol Alcoholics know what will happen to them when theydrink but theyare so addicted they cant stop drinking Alcohol becomes the most importantpart of thepersons life It totally consumes them all their thoughts and actionshave to do aresomehow associated with alcohol Alcoholism like other illnesses will becomeworsewithout treatment and remain life-threatening as long as it is left untreatedThepsychological dependence an alcoholic has is when they think alcohol is necessaryand lifewill not be good without it The physical dependence an alcoholic has iswhen their bodybecomes so used to the drug that it now needs alcohol to function withoutpainAlcoholism is not a disease experienced only by adults Alcoholism likeany illness canstrike at any age Ten percent of the adult drinkers in the US are consideredalcoholics orat least experience drinking problems to some degree Surveys have shownthat morethan one out of three Americans have a personal friend or relative who hashad a drinkingproblem for ten years or longer Almost two out of three Americans reportthat theyknow someone who drinks too much It is estimated that there are 18 millionalcoholic orproblem drinkers in the US For every alcoholic there are at least fourother people whoare affected by the alcoholic This means that in the US there are at leastseventy-twomillion other people dealing with the disease somehow Many people believethatalcoholics are people that are the skid row winos and bums This is acommonmisconception actually ninety-four percent of alcoholics live at home whileonly sixpercent are the skid row type Ninety percent of all alcoholics are employedand manywork for years before their alcoholism becomes so bad that they cannot performtheir jobFederal officials estimate that the abuse of alcohol costs the economy welloverone-hundred billion dollars every year Alcohol does this by making peoplebe
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