Chronic Diseases and Conditions; Substance Abuse
Nearly 14 million Americans have serious problems because of their drinking including eight million men and women who suffer from alcoholism, a chronic disease. Alcoholism can be clinically diagnosed and people with the disease typically experience many additional alcohol-related medical complications. Research demonstrates that treatment can save lives, restore families, reduce health care costs, increase productivity in the workplace and make our communities safer.
Hon, J. (2003). Treating alcoholism as a chronic disease (Ensuring solutions to alcohol problems primer 1). Washington, D.C.: George Washington University Medical Center.