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Do you enjoy a drink now and then? Many of us do, often when socializing with friends and family. Drinking can be beneficial or harmful, depending on your age and health status, and, of course, how much you drink.
For anyone who drinks, this site offers valuable, research-based information. What do you think about taking a look at your drinking habits and how they may affect your health? Rethinking Drinking can help you get started.
Your regular doctor
Primary care and mental health practitioners can provide effective alcoholism treatment by combining new medications with a series of brief counseling visits. See Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much.
Specialists in alcoholism
For specialty addiction treatment options, contact your doctor, health insurance company, local health department, or employee assistance program. In addition, these professional organizations can help you find medical or non-medical addiction specialists in your area:
American Academy of
800-964-2000 (ask for your state's referral number to find psychologists with addiction specialties)
Society of Addiction
301-656-3920 (ask for the phone number of your state's chapter for referrals)
of Social Workers
http://www.helpstartshere.org (search for social workers with addiction specialties)
You may need to try out several groups before finding one that's comfortable for you.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
212-870-3400 (or check your local phone directory under "Alcoholism")
Women for Sobriety
888-425-2666 for meetings
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism
For information on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems from the lead U.S. research agency on alcohol and health http://www.niaaa.nih.gov
on Drug Abuse
For information about other drug problems that often co-exist with alcohol problems
National Institute of Mental Health
For information on problems such as anxiety and depression that can co-exist with alcohol problems
Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug