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  1. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks,ideal weight,target heart rate,and more.

  2. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Topic Overview

    The overuse or abuse of alcohol (alcoholism) or other drugs is called substance abuse. It is common and costly. It can cause or worsen many medical problems and destroy families and lives.

  3. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Stan's story

    Stan's story reflects his experiences as told in an interview. The photograph is not of Stan,to protect his privacy. For close to 40 years,Stan woke up each day feeling as if he were going to die. "Mornings were like doomsday," he recalls,describing his depression,alcoholism,and prescription drug abuse. "It was like everything was just dead … that you're going to die today,the kids are ...

  4. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Debbie's story

    Debbie's story reflects her experiences as told in an interview. The photograph is not of Debbie,to protect her privacy. Debbie was raising four children,working 12-hour days,and doing all the cooking and housekeeping. "I was unhappy,crying,and my house was dirty. I'd try to cope by doing just a little bit more," Debbie says. "Needless to say,it unraveled." She healed through months of ...

  5. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Alcohol and Drug Problems.

  6. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Prevention

    Some alcohol and drug abuse problems can be prevented.

  7. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Home Treatment

    Learn the early signs that alcohol or drug use is becoming a problem.

  8. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Topic Overview

    Drinking alcohol may increase the risk of injury from cold exposure. Alcohol: Changes your body's ability to regulate body temperature. Changes your judgment. For example,a person may not put on more clothing when it is needed if his or her judgment is changed by alcohol. Can cause blood vessels in the skin to get bigger (dilate). This increases heat loss. ...

  9. Alcohol and Drug Problems - Check Your Symptoms

    Alcohol and Drug Problems-Check Your Symptoms

  10. Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Brain

    WebMD explains how drug use can lead to addiction, and why drug addiction is considered a disease.

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