Alcohol Problems

  • David C. Hodgins
  • Katherine M. Diskin


Alcohol problems can be broadly defined as negative consequences that people experience as a result of their use of alcohol. People may drink alcohol for a number of reasons: to promote feelings of relaxation, to increase feelings of sociability, to elevate mood, to conform to social expectations, or to reduce feelings of stress (Anonymous, 2000). Information from the US National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) for 2000 indicates that approximately 86% of adults surveyed reported alcohol use sometime during their lifetime, 65% reported they had used alcohol during the year preceding the survey, and 50% reported using alcohol in the 30 days preceding the survey.


Alcohol Dependence Alcohol Problem Standard Drink Addiction Severity Index Blood Alcohol Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Hodgins
    • 1
  • Katherine M. Diskin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Calgary Addiction CenterFoothills HospitalCalgaryCanada

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