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.
What are some risk factors for developing alcoholism?
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