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Why are alcoholics at increased risk of suicide?

Increased incidence of suicide after a long period of alcohol abuse may be explained not so much by increased symptoms, but by the build-up of the social burden of living with the problem. Alcohol abuse may produce biochemical changes in the brain, and the social impact of being an alcoholic in society may increase one's vulnerability to suicide.

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