Frequently Asked Questions About Alcohol and Marriage.

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Year Published
2009
Author (Organization)
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center.
Resource Type
Fact Sheet
Resource Format
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Currently in the United States, millions of adults suffer from alcohol use disorders. Alcohol use disorders include both alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Alcohol abuse is a problem pattern of drinking behavior that results in disruptions in work, school, and/or family life. This may include taking risks under the influence of alcohol that put the drinker or others at risk. Alcohol dependence includes any of the symptoms associated with alcohol abuse, but is more serious. Symptoms of alcohol dependence include cravings (a strong desire or need to drink), a loss of control, regularly drinking too much, and psychological and physical dependence that causes withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, or shaking when drinking is stopped. Many researchers have studied the effect of alcohol abuse on marriages. Among other outcomes, research shows that alcohol abuse increases the risk of divorce and violence and that it is related to lower marital satisfaction. (Author abstract)

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