Today, one in every 12 adults in the U.S. is dependent on or abuses alcohol, which doesn't include several millions more who are developing risky behaviors. Take this quiz to test how much you know about our complicated relationship with alcohol.
All of these were once tried as a cure for risky alcohol behaviors.
That's false. This myth, though, was a widely circulated "fact" in the 18th century.
Founding father and doctor Benjamin Rush pioneered the idea that alcohol could cause physical dependence.
1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor has a 40 percent alcohol content, which is more than 5 ounces of wine (12 percent) and more than 12 ounces of beer (5 percent).
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), men who drink more than four drinks in a single day and women who drink more than three drinks in a single day are at risk.
According to the NIAAA, moderate drinking for men means no more than two drinks a day.
According to the NIAAA, moderate drinking for women means no more than one drink a day.
Although it averages out to the same amount of alcohol consumed in a week, drinking all seven drinks is one day is unhealthy behavior with negative health affects.
It appears as a psychological disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
Alcoholism and alcohol dependence are considered alcohol use disorders (AUDs).
Over the span of a year, about 14 percent of Americans, which is more than 32 million people, will have a drinking problem.
When a person needs to drink more alcohol to get the same effect as they used to, that person has developed alcohol tolerance.
A life-changing event, such as retirement, illness or an empty nest, may trigger late-onset AUD.
CAGE is a screening test that can help identify if you have an issue with alcohol.
People who have their first drink before age 15 have a higher risk of developing problems with alcohol in adulthood than those whose first drink came later.
Because of an inefficient enzyme, some bodies let too much acetaldehyde — a toxic metabolite of ethanol — build up, which causes hangoverlike symptoms.
While the connection needs additional research, results of genetic analysis confirm significant links between genetic sequences responsible for eye color and those we associate with a greater risk for alcohol addiction.
The rate of people with light-colored eyes diagnosed with alcohol addiction is 54 percent higher than that of dark-eyed individuals.
Research finds people with blue eyes are about 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with alcohol addiction than other eye colors.
The children of a parent with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to also have symptoms of an AUD.
As many as 20 percent of alcoholics are highly functional.
Functional alcoholics may deny their addiction and are able to maintain the appearance that nothing is wrong.
While drinking a small amount of alcohol may trigger a flare-up, alcohol is not the cause of rosacea.
Plato recommended drinking wine for its health benefits but advised moderation.
During the end of the '40s and early '50s, doctors used frontal lobotomy, although ineffective, to treat addiction.
Although horses were uninterested in drinking alcohol after the injection, the horse blood injections did not vaccinate humans against addiction.
The New York State Inebriate Asylum opened in 1864, treating alcohol abuse as a mental health condition.
Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson, aka Dr. Bob and Bill W., founded AA based on a spiritual approach to rehabilitation.
All of these are potential alcohol-related complications of AUD.
Naltrexone helps reduce cravings in alcoholics by blocking the endorphins the brain releases during drinking from triggering the body's reward center.