“I Can Quit Any Time”

Who’s Alcoholic?

The stereotyped picture of the drunken, skid-row bum is a myth. 95% of all alcoholics are employed. 45% of them hold management positions; 50% have college degrees.

Alcoholism may be defines as a disease, an addiction, or dependency, but the symptoms are the same:

an overwhelming desire to drink ever-increasing tolerance for alcohol […]

Treating Alcoholism

Most treatment methods are based on the concept that alcoholism is a disease-physical, psychological, or both. The goal of treatment is to break the alcoholic’s dependency on alcohol, and to remove the compulsive need to drink. All treatment programs strive to restore adequate strength for the person to cope with life without the help of […]

Alcohol- & Drug-Use Disorders in Society

Alcohol and drug use disorders-which include misuse, dependence, or addiction to alcohol and/or legal or illegal drugs-remain a major public health problem in the United States. The social cost of alcohol and drug use in the United States is staggering, estimated at more than $294 billion in 1997.

How Common Are Alcohol and Drug Use […]

Alcohol Disorders

For many people, drinking alcohol is nothing more than a pleasant way to relax. People with alcohol-related disorders drink to excess, endangering both themselves and those around them. This question-and-answer fact sheet explains how psychotherapy can help people recover from these potentially life-threatening disorders.

When does drinking become a problem?

For most adults, moderate alcohol […]

Alcohol-Related Facts & Figures

Alcohol & Your Health

Alcoholism kills 100,000 to 200,000 Americans a year. There are 13 million alcoholics: 34 out of 35 of them will die from their drinking either directly or indirectly. Consider the following:

Alcohol abuse is second only to Alzheimer’s disease in causing mental deterioration in adults. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the 3rd […]

Alcoholism & The Family

Alcoholism is a family disease. Living with an alcoholic means constant stress, anxiety, and uncertainty for everyone in the family.

Families develop various strategies for coping with the alcoholic:

Denial: Everyone in the family denies that anything is wrong, yet no one feels right. Adaptation: Making excuses for alcoholic behavior, lying to cover the drinking, […]

Adult Children of Alcoholics

The impact of an alcoholic parent continues to be felt in adult life. The most prevalent feature of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) is their confusion about what constitutes “normal behavior.” They know that their family wasn’t typical but they don’t know what “normal” is.

Adult Children of Alcoholics are characterized by:

difficulty completing projects […]

Alcoholism in America

Who’s An Alcoholic?

The stereotyped picture of the drunken, skid-row bum is a myth. 95% of all alcoholics are employed. 45% of them hold management positions; 50% have college degrees.

Alcoholism may be defines as a disease, an addiction, or dependency, but the symptoms are the same:

an overwhelming desire to […]