Alcoholism can be a secretive and shameful disease, but it doesn't have to be. Sarah Allen Benton—a licensed counselor, recovering alcoholic and author of Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic —breaks down the warning signs, where to find treatment, how to help a loved one and more.
Q: What are some risk factors for developing alcoholism?
A:1. Drinking alcohol before the age of 15
2. Family history of alcoholism
3. Underlying mental health condition(s) (e.g., anxiety, postpartum depression)
4. Trauma history
5. Impulsive personality