Alcoholism, alcohol addiction and alcohol dependence are only one type of an alcohol problem. Alcohol abuse can be just as harmful. A person can abuse alcohol without actually being an alcoholic--that is, he or she may drink too much and too often but still not be dependent on alcohol. Some of the problems linked to alcohol abuse include not being able to meet work, school, or family responsibilities; drunk-driving arrests and car crashes; and drinking-related medical conditions. Under some circumstances, even social or moderate drinking is dangerous--for example, when driving, during pregnancy, or when taking certain medications.
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism cut across gender, race, and nationality. Nearly 14 million people in the United States--1 in every 13 adults--abuse alcohol or are alcoholic. In general, though, more men than women are alcohol dependent or have alcohol abuse problems. Alcohol abuse problems are highest among young adults ages 18-29 and lowest among adults ages 65 and older. We also know that people who start drinking at an early age--for example, at age 14 or younger--greatly increase the chance that they will develop alcohol abuse problems or alcoholism at some point in their lives.
What Is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism, also known as “alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction” is a disease that that has as its base, four definitive symptoms:
a. Craving: An intense desire or compulsion to drink alcohol.
b. Loss of control: The inability to manage one’s drinking alcohol on any given occasion.
c. Physical dependence: Alcohol withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.
d. Tolerance: The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to experience the same effect
Yes, alcoholism is a disease. This has been established by the American Meidcal Association. The craving that an alcoholic feels for alcohol can be as strong as the need for food or water. An alcoholic will continue to drink despite serious family, health, financial or legal consequences.
Like many other diseases, alcoholism is chronic, meaning that it lasts a person's lifetime; it usually follows a predictable course; and it has symptoms. The risk for developing alcoholism, alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction is influenced by genetics, environment and lifestyle.
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