Genetics, environment, and personality all contribute to your risk for alcoholism and drug addiction. There are many warning signs of addiction, including complaints from friends and family about your behavior.
By Hedy Marks, MPH
Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH
From cocaine to gambling, addiction takes many forms, but alcohol and drug dependency may be the most pervasive forms of addiction. Every year, alcoholism and drug addiction contribute to the deaths of more than 100,000 Americans.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic conditions characterized by changes in the brain that cause a person to have an…