“Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcohol dependence syndrome, is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in problems.[1] It was previously divided into two main types alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.[2][3] In a medical context alcoholism is said to exist when two or more of the following is present: a person drinks large amounts over a long time period, has difficulty cutting down, acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time, alcohol is strongly desired, usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, usage results in social problems, usage results in health problem, usage results in risky situations, withdrawal occurs when stopping, and alcohol tolerance has occurred to use.”

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Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Help for Drinking Problems
“Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are due to many interconnected factors, including genetics, how you were raised, your social environment, and your emotional health. Some racial groups, such as American Indians and Native Alaskans, are more at risk than others of developing alcohol addiction. People who have a family history of alcoholism or who associate closely with heavy drinkers are more likely to develop drinking problems. Finally, those who suffer from a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder are also particularly at risk, because alcohol may be used to self-medicate.

You may have a drinking problem if you…

Feel guilty or ashamed about your drinking.
Lie to others or hide your drinking habits.
Have friends or family members who are worried about your drinking.
Need to drink in order to relax or feel better.
“Black out” or forget what you did while you were drinking.
Regularly drink more than you intended to.”

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“We have also learned that there are few alternatives for the alcoholic. If they continue to drink, their problem will become progressively worse. They seems assuredly on the path to the gutter, to hospitals, to jails or other institutions, or to an early grave. The only alternative is to stop drinking completely and to abstain from even the smallest quantity of alcohol in any form. If they are willing to follow this course, and to take advantage of the help available to them, a whole new life can open up for the alcoholic.”

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Alcoholism Symptoms, By Mayo Clinic Staff
“Alcoholism signs and symptoms include those below. You may:

Be unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink
Feel a strong need or compulsion to drink
Develop tolerance to alcohol so that you need more to feel its effects
Drink alone or hide your drinking
Experience physical withdrawal symptoms — such as nausea, sweating and shaking — when you don’t drink
Not remember conversations or commitments, sometimes referred to as a “black out”
Make a ritual of having drinks at certain times and become annoyed when this ritual is disturbed or questioned
Be irritable when your usual drinking time nears, especially if alcohol isn’t available
Keep alcohol in unlikely places at home, at work or in your car
Gulp drinks, order doubles or become drunk intentionally to feel good, or drink to feel “normal”
Have legal problems or problems with relationships, employment or finances due to drinking
Lose interest in activities and hobbies that used to bring you pleasure”


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