The Impact of Alcohol on The Brain – Neurobiology of Dependence and Alcohol Related Brain Damage
Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism, is a chronic and severe condition that the WHO estimates to affect 140 million individuals globally. The WHO classifies alcoholism as the 5th leading risk factor for premature death and disability with between 10 to 20% of all males and 5 to 10% of all females being diagnosed with alcohol dependency. 
In Australia, the total societal costs due to alcohol-related issues in 2010 were estimated to be $14.352b. (Australian Government)
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