Alcoholism most prevalent mental health problem

April 23, 2008 2:00:52 PM PDT
A landmark study finds alcoholism is widespread across the United States.

When most people hear the term "mental health problem" they most likely think of high profile illnesses such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. But results from a large government study finds that more Americans develop alcoholism than any of these more publicized disorders.

The survey of more than 43,000 adults shows nearly 2 percent became alcoholics over a 1 year period. That outstrips even the rate of heart disease.

Signs you might have a problem include drinking alone, drinking every day and becoming violent when you drink.

There is more on the research in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry.


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