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Alcohol and Drug Problem

The abuse of alcohol and other drugs–including prescription drugs–is common and costly. It can cause or worsen many medical problems and if left untreated can destroy families and lives. Frequent abuse of alcohol and other drugs canlead to addiction, a disease that affects the brain andbehavior. Some people are more vulnerable to developing a problem with alcohol or other drugs.

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Alcohol Overdose: The Dangers of Drinking Too Much

Although many people enjoy moderate drinking, defined as 1 drink per day for women or 2 for men, drinking too much can lead to an overdose. An overdose of alcohol occurs when a person has a blood alcohol content (or BAC) sufficient to produce impairments that increase the risk of harm. Overdoses can range in severity, from problems with balance and slurred speech to coma or even death. What tips the balance from drinking that has pleasant effects to drinking that can cause harm varies among individuals. Age, drinking experience, gender, the amount of food eaten, even ethnicity all can influence how much is too much.

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Alcohol and mental health

For many people, having an alcoholic drink is one of life’s pleasures. For most of them that’s not a problem, but some people have a troubled relationship with alcohol. The reasons we drink and the consequences of drinking too much are intimately linked with our mental health. This Article describes how some people drink to cope with difficult feelings. It suggests alternative coping strategies and outlines the services that support people who want to cut down their drinking.

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Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Depression

When people are depressed, they may experience other health or mental health problems. To relieve the misery of depression, some people turn to drugs or alcohol. Likewise. When people abuse alcohol and/or drugs, depression can develop. On the surface, it may seem like a good idea - to get high, to have fun, to relax, and to escape--but the consequences of consuming large amounts of alcohol; particularly binge drinking and drug abuse soon become apparent in your life. Like depression, alcohol and drug abuse is serious. Fortunately, it is also treatable and the key to treatment is to recognize the symptoms and to get help. Take a look at this basic information about the connection between alcohol and/or substance abuse and depression.

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