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 Alcohol Addiction

More Than Just Social Drinking

It is one thing to drink alcohol socially - say, when relaxing or celebrating with friends. But when you drink to the extent that it affects your health, relationships, or performance at work or school, you may have a problem.

Alcoholism is a chronic disease where your body becomes dependent on alcohol with serious health consequences. Excessive consumption of alcohol can damage your liver, cause stomach cancer as well as affect your nerves and brain.

  • Men should limit themselves to no more than two standard drinks per day.
  • Women should not consume more than one standard drink per day.
  • Pregnant women should abstain from alcohol completely, as it could adversely affect the development of the child.


A standard alcoholic drink contains 10 grams of alcohol, and this can be estimated to be:

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Signs of Alcohol Dependence

  • Having a strong and continued compulsion to drink


  • Drinking more and more in order to 'feel a buzz' or 'get high'
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Self-Assessment Tools

Are you drinking too much? Find out the answer by taking this test:

The AUDIT Alcoholism Test of 10-min online test.

 Related Resources

When does drinking become a problem?

Download this resource booklet to find out if you have crossed the line from social drinking to alcohol addiction. 

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Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism is a disease like any other. Instead of fighting with a loved one who is suffering from alcoholism, help him fight the disease and get professional help to overcome his drinking problem.

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