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What is alcohol dependence?

William D. Knopf, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Alcohol dependence is a disease in which a person craves alcohol, is unable to limit his or her drinking, needs to drink greater amounts to get the same effect, and has withdrawal symptoms after stopping alcohol use. Alcohol dependence affects physical and mental health, and causes problems with family, friends, and work. Also called alcoholism.

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