What Are the Facts on Alcoholism?

When Drinking Becomes A Problem 1 of 9

For most of us, the occasional alcoholic drink is not harmful and may even offer some health benefits; but for the approximately 17.6 million Americans who abuse alcohol or are alcoholics, alcohol is a dangerous substance.

You might have a drinking problem if you:

  • Try to hide your drinking
  • Drink more than you mean to
  • Forget what happened while you were drinking
  • Need alcohol to get through the day
  • Feel guilty or defensive about your drinking
  • Have friends or family who are concerned about your drinking