What is Alcoholism?

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism, also known as "alcohol dependence," is a disease that includes alcohol craving and continued drinking despite repeated alcohol-related problems. It includes four symptoms:

Craving - A strong need, or compulsion, to drink.

Impaired control - The inability to limit one's drinking on any given occasion.

Physical dependence - Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.

Tolerance - The need for increasing amounts of alcohol in order to feel its effects.

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