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Source: American Addiction Centers.org

More than 14 million adults ages 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder (AUD), and 1 in 10 children live with an AUD parent.

AUDs can range from mild to severe and is diagnosed when a patient answers “yes” to two or more of the following questions

Within the past year, have you:
· Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended?
· More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
· Experienced strong craving for drink?
· Found that drinking — or being sick from drinking — often interfered with taking care of your home or family, or caused school or job troubles?
· Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
· Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
· More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
· Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or caused a had a memory blackout?
· Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want?
· Found that when the alcohol were wearing off, you experienced trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating?

In addition with 12-step programs and inpatient rehab, treatment methods now include behavioral/motivation therapies, family counseling, and mini-interventions. So no matter how severe the problem may seem, most people with AUD can benefit from some form of treatment.

Research shows that about one third of those treated for alcohol problems have no further symptoms after a year, while many others reduce their drinking and alcohol-related problems substantially.

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