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Alcoholism, also called alcohol dependence, is an addiction disorder involving the uncontrolled craving for and consumption of alcoholic beverages despite an alcoholic's knowledge of the negative effects on one's health, relationships, and social standing. The term "alcoholism" emerged in 1849 as coined by Magnus Huss, a Swedish physician.

Alcoholism is a treatable condition characterized by cyclic presence of tolerance, withdrawal, and excessive alcohol consumption. The exact reasons or causes that lead to alcoholism are yet unknown though risk factors are identified as the following: social environment, stress, mental health, age, gender, and genetic predisposition. Alcoholism, in the long run, leads to physiological changes in the brain that make an alcoholic physically dependent and tolerant to alcohol. A withdrawal syndrome also comes along with these changes.

Symptoms of alcoholism include negative physical changes, psychiatric symptoms, and social problems. Alcoholics face the risks of acquiring cirrhosis, pancreatitis, epilepsy, polyneuropathy, alcoholic dementia, cardiovascular disease, nutrient malabsorption, and sexual dysfunction. Health complications are observed to develop more rapidly in women. Severe cognitive and psychiatric problems also affect alcoholics the most prevalent symptoms of which are anxiety and depression disorders. Social problems associated with alcoholism on the other hand include increased tendencies for committing crimes, drunk driving, assault, tortious behavior, and domestic violence.

This category provides links to sites that offer various information and resources related to alcoholism including organizations, support groups, treatment help, updates, and guides.
  • Alcohol Use

    Informs on the prevalence and mortality cases related with liquor abuse. Features other related institutions.

  • Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

    Collection of articles, insights, and information on various aspects of substance abuse and alcoholism.

  • eMedicineHealth: Alcoholism

    Provides overview on aspects of liquor abuse and treatment. Provides information on prevention and medical care of people with drinking problems.

  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Contains overview, signs and symptoms, causes, treatments, risk factors, and getting help.

  • MedlinePlus: Alcohol Use Disorder

    Article on the development of liquor craving and dependence. Provides information on rehabilitation treatment, coping, and clinical trials.

  • Stop Drinking Alcohol

    Provides articles, tips and ideas to overcome alcohol addiction.

  • Stop Drinking Expert

    Offers an alternative to embarrassing twelve step group meetings, expensive inpatient treatment centers and ineffective willpower. Our approach to treating alcohol addiction is to start with the subconscious conditioning that has gradually built up around the drug. Often addicts are only told that they have an alcohol use disorder and must never drink again. The problem with this abrupt form of 'treatment' is the client remains psychologically anchored to using alcohol

  • Teen Alcohol Abuse

    Articles offering abuse statistics, prevention information, and warning signs.

  • That Guy

    Multimedia campaign aimed at reducing excessive drinking among young servicemen.

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