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People who abuse alcohol may have many of the same signs and symptoms as people who have full-blown alcoholism. However, if you abuse alcohol but aren't completely addicted to it, you may not feel as much of a compulsion to drink, and you may not have physical withdrawal symptoms when you don't drink. However, alcohol abuse can still cause serious problems. As with alcoholism, you may not be able to quit drinking without help. If you've ever wondered whether your drinking crosses the line into alcohol abuse or dependence, ask yourself these questions:
  • If you're a man, do you ever have five or more drinks in a day? One standard drink is equivalent to 12 ounces (354.9 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (147.9 milliliters) of wine or 1.5 ounces (44.4 milliliters) of 80-proof spirits.
  • If you're a woman, do you ever have four or more drinks in a day?
  • Do you need a drink as soon as you get up? Do you feel guilty about your drinking? Do you think you need to cut back on how much you drink? Are you annoyed when other people comment on or criticize your drinking habits?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you may have a problem with alcohol. Source: MayoClinic.com
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