Tolerance, Dependence and Addiction: Alcoholism Quiz

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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?
daily injections of strychnine
drinking in front of mirrors
the addition of a live eel to drinks
the addition of powdered pork to drinks
all of these
All of these were once tried as a cure for risky alcohol behaviors.

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True or false: People who have a problem with alcohol are of dubious moral character and weak-willed.
true
false
That's false. This myth, though, was a widely circulated "fact" in the 18th century.

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Who was the first to propose a chronic drinking problem was a disease, not a character flaw?
Benjamin Rush
Founding father and doctor Benjamin Rush pioneered the idea that alcohol could cause physical dependence.
Leslie Keeley
Mary Mann

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Which has the highest percent of alcohol content?
12 ounces of beer (355 milliliters)
5 ounces of wine
1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor
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).

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How many drinks do you have to drink in a single day to be considered at risk or a "heavy" drinker?
for men, more than three; for women, more than two
for men, more than four; for women, more than three
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.
for men, more than five; for women, more than four

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What does "moderate" drinking mean for men?
one drink per day
one drink per week
two drinks per day
According to the NIAAA, moderate drinking for men means no more than two drinks a day.
two drinks per week

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What does "moderate drinking" mean for women?
one drink per day
According to the NIAAA, moderate drinking for women means no more than one drink a day.
one drink per week
two drinks per day
two drinks per week

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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?
true
false
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.

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Is alcohol abuse considered a mental health problem?
yes
It appears as a psychological disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
no

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What disorder is alcoholism considered part of?
alcohol use disorder
Alcoholism and alcohol dependence are considered alcohol use disorders (AUDs).
addiction disorder
binge drinking disorder

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How many Americans misuse alcohol in a given year?
14 percent
Over the span of a year, about 14 percent of Americans, which is more than 32 million people, will have a drinking problem.
30 percent
31 percent

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What does it mean to become tolerant to alcohol?
It takes less alcohol to get the same desired effects.
It takes more alcohol to get the same desired effects.
When a person needs to drink more alcohol to get the same effect as they used to, that person has developed alcohol tolerance.
If you stop drinking you'll have withdrawal symptoms.

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What may trigger late-onset AUD?
beginning drinking at an early age
a high tolerance for alcohol
a life-changing event
A life-changing event, such as retirement, illness or an empty nest, may trigger late-onset AUD.

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What is the CAGE test used for?
screening the body's ability to tolerate alcohol
screening for alcohol misuse
CAGE is a screening test that can help identify if you have an issue with alcohol.
screening for diseases with symptoms that resemble alcoholism

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Having your first drink before what age is linked to developing alcohol use disorders later in life?
12 years old
15 years old
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.
18 years old

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Why do some people experience flushing, a racing heart and hangover symptoms after light-to-moderate drinking?
too much acetaldehyde build-up in the body
Because of an inefficient enzyme, some bodies let too much acetaldehyde — a toxic metabolite of ethanol — build up, which causes hangoverlike symptoms.
too much ethanol build-up in the body
too much cytochrome build-up in the body

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

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Do light-colored or dark-colored eyes have the lowest prevalence of alcohol addiction?
light
dark
The rate of people with light-colored eyes diagnosed with alcohol addiction is 54 percent higher than that of dark-eyed individuals.
This doesn't make a difference.

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What eye color has the highest prevalence of alcohol addiction?
blue
Research finds people with blue eyes are about 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with alcohol addiction than other eye colors.
gray
green
light brown

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How much more likely is a child to develop the disorder with an alcoholic parent than one without an alcoholic parent?
twice as likely
four times as likely
The children of a parent with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to also have symptoms of an AUD.
There is no genetic link.

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How many people with alcohol addition are considered "high-functioning alcoholics"?
2 percent
20 percent
As many as 20 percent of alcoholics are highly functional.
22 percent

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What is the classic characteristic of a high-functioning alcoholic?
a person addicted to alcohol but has a fast alcohol metabolism
a person who is alcohol tolerant but not alcohol dependent
a person is able to maintain the appearance of success while alcohol dependent
Functional alcoholics may deny their addiction and are able to maintain the appearance that nothing is wrong.

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True or false: Rosacea is caused by alcohol abuse.
true
false
While drinking a small amount of alcohol may trigger a flare-up, alcohol is not the cause of rosacea.

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Which classical Greek philosopher recommended drinking moderate amounts of wine for its health benefits?
Aristotle
Plato
Plato recommended drinking wine for its health benefits but advised moderation.
Socrates

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Which procedure used to alleviate alcohol cravings and treat withdrawal symptoms in the late 1940s and early 1950s?
frontal lobotomy
During the end of the '40s and early '50s, doctors used frontal lobotomy, although ineffective, to treat addiction.
LSD
sterilization

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True or false: In the early 1900s, two scientists created a vaccine for alcohol using horse blood.
true
Although horses were uninterested in drinking alcohol after the injection, the horse blood injections did not vaccinate humans against addiction.
false

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When did the first alcohol abuse treatment hospital open?
1864
The New York State Inebriate Asylum opened in 1864, treating alcohol abuse as a mental health condition.
1894
1949

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What group did Dr. Bob and Bill W. found in 1935?
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson, aka Dr. Bob and Bill W., founded AA based on a spiritual approach to rehabilitation.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
SMART Recovery

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What is typically NOT a physical complication of long-term alcohol abuse?
cirrhosis
high blood pressure
pancreatitis
thiamine deficiency
These are all long-term complications.
All of these are potential alcohol-related complications of AUD.

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How does the opioid blocker naltrexone help people with AUD?
It blocks the body's positive reinforcement — the feel-good feelings — of alcohol.
Naltrexone helps reduce cravings in alcoholics by blocking the endorphins the brain releases during drinking from triggering the body's reward center.
It prevents the brain from releasing endorphins.
It prevents the body from absorbing alcohol.

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