5 Types of Alcoholics Identified
More Than Half of U.S. Alcoholics Are Young Adults, Alcohol Dependence Study Shows
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The intermediate familial subtype makes up nearly 19% of U.S.
alcoholics. Nearly half have close relatives who are alcoholics. Alcoholics in
this subtype typically began drinking by 17 and became alcoholics in their
The chronic severe subtype is the rarest subtype, accounting for
about 9% of U.S. alcoholics. This subtype mainly includes men, has the highest
divorce rate, and frequently includes users of illicit drugs.
"When most people think of alcoholics, they think of middle-aged men with a
profile similar to our chronic severe subtype," Moss tells WebMD.
"Our data shows that alcoholism is more a disorder of youth than previously
suspected," he adds.
Moss warns that while some alcoholic subtypes may function better than
others, "in all cases, alcohol dependence must be viewed as a severe disease
with a significant adverse impact on health and well-being."