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Alcohol misuse means drinking so much that it causes problems for you or others.
Early problems with alcohol can start at home. You may argue with loved ones about how much you're drinking. Your job may be affected because of drinking. You may drink when it's dangerous or illegal, such as when you drive.
Drinking too much for a long time can lead to health conditions like high blood pressure and liver problems.
Symptoms of alcohol misuse may include:
Getting help for problems with alcohol is up to you. But you don't have to do it alone. There are many people and kinds of treatments to help with alcohol problems.
Talking to your doctor is the first step. When you get a doctor's help, treatment for alcohol problems can be safer and quicker.
Treatment options can include:
Your doctor can help you decide which type of program is best for you.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: February 5, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Michael F. Bierer MD - Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine
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