Because it is legal and an accepted worldwide practice, alcohol is an easy drug for users to abuse. Alcohol abuse, or alcoholism, is one the the most common and most costly drug addictions throughout the world. Most who consume alchohol do so at least once a week, and, for most people, regular drinking on a social level does not create a dependency. There are, however, more than 17 million people in the US who develop an alcohol addiction.
Alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence, is a disease that includes the following 4 symptoms:
- Craving – a strong need, or urge to drink
- Loss of Control – not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun
- Physical Dependence – withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating and anxiety after stopping drinking
- Tolerance – the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get “high”
While the moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and longer life, the heavy consumption of alcohol, especially over a period of many years, can lead to serious health problems and even death.
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