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Are You Almost Alcoholic? Taking a New Look at an Old Problem

According to the literature, you're either an alcoholic or you're not an alcoholic. But might more awareness of the in-between help us?
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Whitney Houston's cause of death has been identified as accidental drowning, but in the weeks leading up to the report, rumors were swirling. She had a confirmed history of alcohol and drug abuse, and reports indicate that she had been drinking heavily in the days before her last. Headlines like this occur far too often and when we think about alcohol abuse or alcoholism, our thoughts often go to situations like this where someone is at a stage where they are doing immediate damage to themselves

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