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Alcoholism . . . .




Alcoholism


Also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a chronic disease characterized by an inability to control or stop drinking despite negative consequences. It is a type of substance use disorder that involves the excessive and compulsive consumption of alcohol, leading to physical and psychological dependence.

Some common signs and symptoms of alcoholism include:

  1. Loss of control: Individuals with alcoholism often find it difficult to limit the amount they drink or to stop altogether.

  2. Craving: There is a strong desire or compulsion to consume alcohol.

  3. Tolerance: Over time, individuals may need to drink larger amounts to achieve the same effects.

  4. Physical dependence: The body adapts to the presence of alcohol, and withdrawal symptoms may occur when alcohol intake is reduced.

  5. Continued use despite negative consequences: Despite experiencing health problems, relationship issues, or legal difficulties as a result of alcohol use, individuals with alcoholism continue to drink.

  6. Neglect of other activities: Social, occupational, or recreational activities may be neglected as a result of alcohol consumption.

  7. Loss of interest: Some individuals may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed.

Alcoholism can have serious health consequences, affecting the liver, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and mental health. It can also contribute to accidents, injuries, and an increased risk of other health conditions.

Treatment for alcoholism often involves a combination of behavioral therapies, counseling, support groups, and, in some cases, medications. It's important for individuals with alcohol use disorder to seek professional help, as recovery is a gradual process that may require ongoing support.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism, it's essential to reach out to healthcare professionals or organizations that specialize in addiction treatment for guidance and support.

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