Tolerance, Dependence and Addiction: Alcoholism Quiz



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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.

Which was once tried as a cure for excessive drinking?

All of these were once tried as a cure for risky alcohol behaviors.


True or false: People who have a problem with alcohol are of dubious moral character and weak-willed.

That's false. This myth, though, was a widely circulated "fact" in the 18th century.


Who was the first to propose a chronic drinking problem was a disease, not a character flaw?

Founding father and doctor Benjamin Rush pioneered the idea that alcohol could cause physical dependence.


Which has the highest percent of alcohol content?

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).


How many drinks do you have to drink in a single day to be considered at risk or a "heavy" drinker?

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.


What does "moderate" drinking mean for men?

According to the NIAAA, moderate drinking for men means no more than two drinks a day.


What does "moderate drinking" mean for women?

According to the NIAAA, moderate drinking for women means no more than one drink a day.


True or false: Drinking one drink every day for seven days is no better or worse than drinking seven drinks in one day and abstaining the rest of the week?

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.


Is alcohol abuse considered a mental health problem?

It appears as a psychological disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).


What disorder is alcoholism considered part of?

Alcoholism and alcohol dependence are considered alcohol use disorders (AUDs).


How many Americans misuse alcohol in a given year?

Over the span of a year, about 14 percent of Americans, which is more than 32 million people, will have a drinking problem.


What does it mean to become tolerant to alcohol?

When a person needs to drink more alcohol to get the same effect as they used to, that person has developed alcohol tolerance.


What may trigger late-onset AUD?

A life-changing event, such as retirement, illness or an empty nest, may trigger late-onset AUD.


What is the CAGE test used for?

CAGE is a screening test that can help identify if you have an issue with alcohol.


Having your first drink before what age is linked to developing alcohol use disorders later in life?

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.


Why do some people experience flushing, a racing heart and hangover symptoms after light-to-moderate drinking?

Because of an inefficient enzyme, some bodies let too much acetaldehyde — a toxic metabolite of ethanol — build up, which causes hangoverlike symptoms.


True or false: There is a connection between your eye color and risk of alcohol addiction.

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.


Do light-colored or dark-colored eyes have the lowest prevalence of alcohol addiction?

The rate of people with light-colored eyes diagnosed with alcohol addiction is 54 percent higher than that of dark-eyed individuals.


What eye color has the highest prevalence of alcohol addiction?

Research finds people with blue eyes are about 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with alcohol addiction than other eye colors.


How much more likely is a child to develop the disorder with an alcoholic parent than one without an alcoholic parent?

The children of a parent with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to also have symptoms of an AUD.


How many people with alcohol addition are considered "high-functioning alcoholics"?

As many as 20 percent of alcoholics are highly functional.


What is the classic characteristic of a high-functioning alcoholic?

Functional alcoholics may deny their addiction and are able to maintain the appearance that nothing is wrong.


True or false: Rosacea is caused by alcohol abuse.

While drinking a small amount of alcohol may trigger a flare-up, alcohol is not the cause of rosacea.


Which classical Greek philosopher recommended drinking moderate amounts of wine for its health benefits?

Plato recommended drinking wine for its health benefits but advised moderation.


Which procedure used to alleviate alcohol cravings and treat withdrawal symptoms in the late 1940s and early 1950s?

During the end of the '40s and early '50s, doctors used frontal lobotomy, although ineffective, to treat addiction.


True or false: In the early 1900s, two scientists created a vaccine for alcohol using horse blood.

Although horses were uninterested in drinking alcohol after the injection, the horse blood injections did not vaccinate humans against addiction.


When did the first alcohol abuse treatment hospital open?

The New York State Inebriate Asylum opened in 1864, treating alcohol abuse as a mental health condition.


What group did Dr. Bob and Bill W. found in 1935?

Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson, aka Dr. Bob and Bill W., founded AA based on a spiritual approach to rehabilitation.


What is typically NOT a physical complication of long-term alcohol abuse?

All of these are potential alcohol-related complications of AUD.


How does the opioid blocker naltrexone help people with AUD?

Naltrexone helps reduce cravings in alcoholics by blocking the endorphins the brain releases during drinking from triggering the body's reward center.


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