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About Alcoholism
Get the latest headlines from the About.com Alcoholism Site.

Information for Families of Alcoholics
Dealing with a love one's addiction can leave you lonely and frustrated. Here are resources and information for friends and families of alcoholics.

Do You Have an Alcohol or Drug Problem?
If you or someone you know has an alcohol or drug problem, these quizzes can help you determine if it is time to reach out for help and support.

Health Effects of Illegal Drugs
There are negative health effects associated with every illegal drug out there and some of them can even be fatal.

Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery
Many professional alcohol and drug treatment and rehabilitation programs include exercise as part of an overall program to help patients maintain abstinence and develop a more healthy lifestyle.

Binge Drinking Increases Risky Sexual Behavior Particularly for Women
Binge drinking is linked to risky sexual behavior for everyone, but that behavior is particularly dangerous for women, according to a study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Treatment for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
There is no cure or treatment for the disabilities of fetal alcohol syndrome but there are certain protective factors that can be implemented to lessen or prevent the development of secondary conditions associated with FAS.

Secondary Conditions Associated With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Children who are born with fetal alcohol syndrome are likely to develop a range of secondary conditions that they were not born with, but acquire.

Symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) include fetal alcohol syndrome and other conditions in which children have some of the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Older Drinkers More Impaired by Moderate Alcohol Consumption
If you are over age 50 and you have a couple of drinks when you go out to eat, you may want to take some extra time before driving home.

Smoking Prompts Binge Drinkers to Drink More
Research has found that smoking reduces the effects of alcohol, so smokers have to consumer larger amounts than non-smokers to get the desired effect.

Helping Others Enhances Your Own Recovery
There is scientific evidence that backs up the notion that helping others actually helps alcoholics and addicts become and stay clean and sober.

Alcohol Disrupts Women's Sleep More
Drinking alcohol can cause sleep disruptions that result in fewer overall hours of sleep and research shows this is particularly true for women.

How Abused Mothers Decide to Leave
For women with children, leaving an abusive relationship is a decision that sometimes can take years through a process involving five separate stages.

Reasons to Stop Binge Drinking
Binge drinking is dangerous on many levels, therefore there are many advantages to stopping the practice. Here are 10 benefits of not doing it.

10 Things That Happen If You Get a DUI
There are a lot of things that happen if you are convicted of drunk driving in the United States, none of them are fun and most of them are expensive.

How Does a Drunk Driving Conviction Affect Your Insurance?
If you are convicted of drunk driving, in most states your automobile insurance rates are likely going to go up significantly for at least three years.

A Designated Driver Is Not the 'Least Drunk'
Instead of picking someone to remain sober and be the designated driver, a study has found that many young people are choosing the "least drunk."

What Are the Risks of Heavy Drinking?
If you drink more than the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption, you may be wondering what exactly are the risks. What is the harm in drinking too much alcohol?

Should You Cut Down Drinking Alcohol or Quit?
If you have been drinking at a level that is considered high-risk or heavy drinking, you may want to consider making a change in your drinking patterns -- or quit altogether.

Tips for Moderating Your Drinking
If you have decided that the amount of alcohol that you drink puts you at risk for developing alcohol-related problems, you may want to try cutting down or moderating your consumption.

Alcohol and drug abuse

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Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC)

National Institute on Drug Abuse

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