Use of other substances. You are more likely to abuse alcohol if you abuse other things, such as tobacco, illegal drugs, or prescription medicines.
Environment. If you live in an area where alcohol is easy to get, people drink a lot, or heavy drinking is accepted as part of life, you are more likely to drink.
Friends. Your friends may influence you to drink by directly urging you to or by drinking when you're around them.
Problems with others. You may be more likely to drink when you are having problems in your family or with friends.
Not having purpose or satisfaction in your life. If you have no activities that give you a sense of purpose, you may be more likely to drink.
Just because you have risk factors for alcohol problems
doesn't mean you'll have a drinking problem. A person with many risk factors
won't always develop alcoholism. And a person with no risk factors can become
dependent on alcohol.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 22, 2011
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