Do you have to be an alcoholic to experience problems?

No.  Alcoholism is only one type of an alcohol problem. Alcohol abuse can be just as harmful.  A person can abuse alcohol without actually being an alcoholic—that is, he or she may drink too much and too often but still not be dependent on alcohol. Some of the problems linked to alcohol abuse include not being able to meet work, school, or family responsibilities; drunk-driving and car accidents; and drinking-related medical conditions.

(Adapted from: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/FAQs/General-English/Pages/default.aspx#experience)

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