Also called: Alcohol dependence

For most adults, moderate alcohol use is not harmful. However, nearly 17.6 million adults in the United States are alcoholics or have alcohol problems. Alcoholism is a disease with four main features: Craving - a strong need to drink Loss of control - not being able to stop drinking once you've begun Physical dependence – withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating or shakiness after stopping drinking Tolerance - the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to get “high” Alcoholism carries many serious dangers. Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers. It can cause damage to the liver , brain and other organs. It can cause birth defects . It increases the risk of death from car crashes and other injuries as well as the risk of homicide and suicide.

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  1. link Marveins
    cirrhosis related readings
    can you give some information about the condition or experience of patients with a liver disease like cirrhosis?
    Marveins- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Alcoholism
  2. link Italia2
    I should add to my last question...
    He drank before this as did I but I, being a mother now, only have a glass of wine here and there, rarely, and very rarely do we get a chance to go ou - 32% more...
    Italia2- over a year ago - in Alcoholism
  3. link Italia2
    Is this considered........
    I have been with my significant other for almost 7 years. We have 2 childrent together, 3 and 1. His mother died almost 2 years ago. From this time, h - 84% more...
    Italia2- over a year ago - 3 Replies - in Alcoholism
  4. link Heleneg
    Is he drunk or not?
    My partner insists that he's not drunk & he's just very tired. He has slured speech, incoherent, unsteady on his feet & drops off to sleep in - 42% more...
    Heleneg- over a year ago - 5 Replies - in Alcoholism
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