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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Alcohol Abuse

Things that may contribute to problem drinking

(HealthDay News) -- Attitudes developed during the childhood and teen years may contribute to problem drinking later in life, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

The agency offers this list of factors that may make a person more vulnerable to an alcohol-related problem:

  • Having a family history of alcohol abuse or dependence.
  • Being surrounded by peers or an environment that encourages heavy drinking.
  • Experiencing depression, anxiety, or problems with self-esteem.
  • Undergoing significant stress at home, work, or in relationships.
  • It's likely that some people have a genetic tendency to become alcohol-dependent.
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