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Medical Reference Related to Alcohol Abuse

  1. Understanding Alcohol Abuse -- Symptoms

    Learn about the symptoms of alcohol abuse -- and alcohol dependence -- from the experts at WebMD.

  2. Understanding Alcohol Abuse -- Prevention

    Can alcoholism be prevented? Get the facts from the experts at WebMD.

  3. Treating a Drug Overdose With Naloxone

    Naloxone can reverse overdoses from heroin and other painkillers. Now, some family and friends of users can use it to save lives.

  4. Heroin: What You Need to Know

    Heroin use is on the rise in the U.S. – and so are deaths from heroin overdoses. Here's what you need to know if you think a family member or friend is using it.

  5. Worried About Addiction? - Topic Overview

    If you follow your doctor's directions about taking narcotic medicines-and you don't have a history of substance abuse-your risk of getting addicted is small. In the past,narcotics were used only for short periods for short-term pain or for cancer pain. Many experts now also use them for longer periods to treat chronic pain. You can take these drugs,which are sometimes called opioids,to ...

  6. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Cause

    It is not clear why some people develop alcohol abuse or dependence problems and others do not, although experts know that alcoholism often runs in families. People with depression or other mental health conditions also tend to be more likely to abuse alcohol.Over time, if you regularly drink too much alcohol, you might become dependent on it. ...

  7. Treating an Addiction to Painkillers

    Breaking free from an addiction to prescription drugs takes more than willpower. Learn more from WebMD about the medications and types of counseling that can help get someone on the road to recovery.

  8. Date-Rape Drugs (GHB, rohypnol)

    GHB and Rohypnol are known as date-rape drugs. Learn more from WebMD about what they look like and how they affect the body.

  9. Self-Test for Breath Alcohol

    A breath alcohol test is an estimate of your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the test. It is measured as a percentage (millimoles per liter (mmol/L)) of alcohol in the blood.

  10. 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.

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