What Is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is the physical or emotional dependence on alcohol. It comes in different forms: A person suffering from alcoholism might get drunk every day, or wait for the weekend to binge. Regardless of the drinking pattern, long-term heavy alcohol consumption affects the liver, heart, and brain, and it can be difficult to overcome without help.

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Heavy Drinking Might Harm the Lungs

Alcohol appears to reduce levels of a protective respiratory gas, study finds
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