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  1. CAGE Questionnaire for Alcohol Problems - Topic Overview

    The CAGE questionnaire is used to test for alcohol abuse and dependence in adults. It is not used to diagnose the disease but only to indicate whether a problem might exist. The CAGE questionnaire consists of four questions that relate to your use of alcohol: 1 Have you ever felt that you ought to C ut down on your drinking? Do you get A nnoyed by criticism of your drinking? Do you ever feel G ...

  2. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Helping a person get treatment for alcohol abuse or dependence How to stop drinking alcohol ...

  3. Alcohol Problems: Helping Someone Get Treatment

    Helping a person to stop drinking can:Reduce possible health problems and injuries caused by alcohol use.Ease family conflicts or other relationship problems.Reduce legal problems caused by alcohol abuse or dependence. What resources are available to help you get treatment for a person who has an alcohol use problem? Why do I need to help a person who denies having a problem? How can I help a ...

  4. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about teen substance abuse:What is teen substance abuse?What substances are teens abusing?What are club drugs?What is ecstasy?What are inhalants?What are the signs of substance abuse?What increases a teen's risk for substance abuse?How does addiction develop?How is an abuse problem diagnosed?Preventing teen substance abuse:Can teen substance abuse be prevented?Getting treatment:Is ...

  5. Substance Abuse in Older Adults - Topic Overview

    Many people think alcohol and drug abuse happen only to teens and younger adults. But all ages can have problems with drugs and alcohol,including older adults. Older adults may use illegal drugs,use prescription or over-the-counter medicines in harmful ways,drink too much alcohol,or mix alcohol and medicines. Doing any of these can cause serious health problems and problems with money and ...

  6. Quick Tips: Cutting Back On Drinking - Get started

    WebMD gives tips and motivation for reducing your alcohol intake and living healthier. Learn how to cut back and reward yourself for success.

  7. Drug Abuse and Dependence - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services right away if you or someone else: Has used or currently uses drugs and is having a hard time waking up or can't stay awake. Has abused a child or partner when using drugs. Has overdosed or has withdrawal signs. Be sure to tell the emergency workers that you or someone else is using or trying to quit using drugs. Overdose or withdrawal signs may include: ...

  8. Residential Treatment for Substance Abuse - Topic Overview

    In residential treatment,you live in an alcohol-free and drug-free setting while recovering from addiction. How long you stay varies. You may stay for a number of months or more. Residential treatment may be a good option if you have a long history of alcohol or drug use or crime,have a bad home situation,or don't have social support. Most residential treatment programs involve the 12-step ...

  9. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Exams and Tests

    Drug abuse and dependence may be diagnosed during a routine doctor visit or when you see your doctor for a health or other problem linked to drug use,such as anxiety,depression,or family conflict. If your partner or a friend suspects a drug problem,he or she may urge you to see your doctor. If you think you or a loved one might have a drug problem,use this short quiz to check for drug ...

  10. Drinking and Your Health - Topic Overview

    Alcohol can be a safe and enjoyable part of life. If you choose to drink alcohol,the key is to keep your drinking at low to moderate levels. People who drink too much are hurting their health. Heavy drinking can cause all kinds of problems,from stomach and sexual problems to stroke and liver disease. It can also lead to problems at work,school,or home,and to drunk driving and violence. ...

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