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

Home Pregnancy Tests Lead to Healthier Newborns
Having a home pregnancy test handy can lead women to seek prenatal care earlier and stop harmful behaviors - such as smoking and drinking.

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.

What Can I Expect at a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program?
If you have never been to a residential treatment facility, you may have some misconceptions about what does and does not take place during rehab.

Why Do Alcoholics Decide to Quit Drinking?
If you are close to an alcoholic in your life, chances are you have tried everything to get them to see that they have a problem and need to get help.

Is Marijuana Addictive?
The vast majority of pot smokers do not develop a marijuana addiction, but some smokers do develop all of the symptoms of an actual addiction after chronic marijuana use.

Is a DUI a Felony?
In most situations a conviction for driving under the influence is a misdemeanor, but there are circumstances upon which a DUI can be a felony.

9 Tips for Cutting Back on Drinking
Here are some tips and tricks that others have used to succesfully cut down on the amount of alcohol they consume.

Is There Medication That Will Reduce Alcohol Craving?
Many drinkers who have become alcohol dependent then try to quit experience not only withdrawal symptoms but also report having cravings for alcohol.

Valerie's Story of Alcoholic Liver Disease
I stopped eating and finally ended up in ER a couple of times before they diagnosed the liver failure and the rest. I was dying. The doctors just gave up.

Using Antabuse to Maintain Sobriety
Antabuse, also known as disulfiram, was the first medication approved for helping problem drinkers quit drinking by causing a reaction to drinking.

Commonly Abused Medications
When prescription or over-the-counter medications are abused, they can produce serious adverse health effects including addiction or dependence.

Heroin FAQs
Here are the most frequently asked questions about heroin received by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Find out more about its growing threat.

Are You Troubled by Someone's Drinking?
Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close. The following questions are designed to help you decide whether or not you need Al-Anon.

Drunk Driving Declines, Drugged Driving Rises
National transportation studies show a significant decrease in drunk drivers on the road, but a big increase in drivers under the influence of drugs.

Drug Addiction Treatment FAQs
The following are the most frequently asked questions about drug addiction treatment, compiled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

You Can Quit Drinking
No matter how far your alcoholism progresses, no matter how bad it gets, you can quit drinking, as Jeffrey reveals in his story of recovery.

How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?
Many factors can affect how long a prescription or illegal drug can be detected in an individual's urine, blood or saliva tests. There is no pat answer.

Talk With Others Trying to Quit
Since 1997, the Alcoholism site at About.com has offered visitors the opportunity to talk with others who are trying to find and maintain sobriety.

Hispanics at Greater Risk for Alcoholic Liver Disease
Hispanics who drink alcohol above moderate levels are at a greater risk of developing serious alcohol liver disease than other ethnic groups.

Using Drugs Without a Prescription Is Illegal
You may have heard that, unlike underage drinking and marijuana use, using and sharing prescription drugs is legal. That would be a myth.

Alcohol and drug abuse

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Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC)

National Institute on Drug Abuse

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