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Unformatted text preview: endence peaks in 20’s­30’s Women tend to start drinking later Alcohol Dependence Course: w/o treatment: people can abstain on their own, but relapse is common and quickly leads to dependence w/ treatment: abstinence longer lasting (45­ 65% abstinent 1 year after treatment) Culture: Prevalence rates vary greatly around the world Low rates in Asia – 50% have enzyme deficiency that aids in alcohol metabolism Low rates in Islamic countries Equal rates in Whites, African Americans Higher rates in Latino males Alcohol Effects of chronic use Liver damage, cirrhosis...
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