What is Alcoholism?

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What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a brain disease which is chronic, relapsing, and progressive.  It is characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control drinking despite adverse consequences.  Left untreated, alcoholism commonly causes personal wreckage, including damaged personal relationships, derailed careers, financial stress, spiritual emptiness, and a myriad of mental and physical problems. The WHO (World Health Organization) reported that alcohol contributes to over 200 diseases and injury-related health conditions.

What Are the Risk Factors for Alcohol Use Disorder?

Although there is usually not a single cause for developing the disease, several risk factors are known.

Diagnosis and Signs of Alcohol Use Disorder / Alcoholism

Genetic, psychological, social, and environmental factors impact how drinking alcohol affects your body and behavior. 

 

The following behavior suggests the diagnosis of AUD:

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