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Alcoholism Overview

Alcoholism is a disease that includes alcohol craving and continued drinking despite repeatedly paying negative consequences that are interfering with life functioning.

Symptoms related to Alcoholism:

  • Craving
    • A strong need, or compulsion, to drink.
  • Impaired control
    • The inability to limit one's drinking on any given occasion.
  • Physical dependence
    • Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.
  • Tolerance
    • The need for increasing amounts of alcohol in order to feel its effects.

Alcoholism runs in families, and genetic factors partially explain this pattern.  A person's environment, such as friends, stress levels, and the ease of obtaining alcohol, also may influence drinking and the development of alcoholism.  A child of an alcoholic parent is not automatically at risk to develop alcoholism, but is at a higher risk.   A person with no family history of alcoholism can become alcohol dependent.

More information on Alcoholism

  • Is there a cure for alcoholism?
  • What are the signs of alcoholism?
  • Alcoholism Treatment Options
  • Alcoholism Therapy
  • Alcoholism and Teenagers
    • Alcohol consumption during adolescence may cause permanent damage to the certain key areas of the brain. Read more about alcoholism in teenagers
  • Treatment Options for Alcoholism in Teenagers
  • Tips for Parents regarding Alcohol
    • Discuss the facts of alcohol and read about other tips for parents regarding alcoholism
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