Drinking, Smoking, and Quitting

Submitted by ub on Sat, 02/02/2013 - 10:09

Addiction can be devastating. Recent scientific advances have shaped our understanding of this common and complex problem. The good news is that there are a number of effective treatments for addiction, including self-help strategies, psychotherapy, medications, and rehabilitation programs.

Nationwide, nearly one in 13 people over the age of 12 has a drinking problem, including alcohol abuse or dependence. Millions more engage in risky drinking behaviors that jeopardize their health, relationships, productivity, and general well-being. Even moderate drinking — a drink or two per day — is now considered to be “low-risk” drinking, since any amount of alcohol may be risky in certain people under certain circumstances.

Each year, more than a third of smokers try to kick the habit. But stress, socializing, and the addictive property of nicotine often get in the way. Tobacco use may be the toughest unhealthy habit to break. But don’t get discouraged. You can quit. In fact, in the United States today, there are more ex-smokers than smokers.