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Alcoholism, Abuse, & Withdrawal

Alcoholism   is   a   chronic   and   often   progressive   disease   that   includes   problems   controlling   your   drinking,   being   preoccupied   with   alcohol, continuing   to   use   alcohol   even   when   it   causes   problems,   having   to   drink   more   to   get   the   same   effect   (physical   dependence),   or   having withdrawal   symptoms   when   you   rapidly   decrease   or   stop   drinking.   If   you   have   alcoholism,   you   can’t   consistently   predict   how   much   you’ll drink, how long you’ll drink, or what consequences will occur from your drinking. Mayo Clinic Alcoholism   is   a   broad   term   for   problems   with   alcohol,   and   is   generally   used   to   mean   compulsive   and   uncontrolled   consumption   of alcoholic beverages, usually to the detriment of the drinker’s health, personal relationships, and social standing.Wikipedia: A medical condition in which someone frequently drinks too much alcohol and becomes unable to live a normal and healthy life. From: The   definition   of   alcoholism   is   when   you   have   signs   of   physical   addiction   to   alcohol   and   continues   to   drink,   despite   problems   with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. Alcohol may control your life and relationships. MedLine Plus Alcoholism    is    a    primary,    chronic    disease    with    genetic,    psycho-social,    and    environmental    factors    influencing    its    development    and manifestations.   The   disease   is   often   progressive   and   fatal.   It   is   characterized   by   continuous   or   periodic:   impaired   control   over   drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial. American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) The   definition   of   alcoholism   for   the   clinicians   varies   only   a   little   more   than   slightly.      The   definition   of   alcoholism   for   the   average   person varies widely. To us it could be a disease or mental disorder but, it could also be a character defect or even a spiritual malady. The   definition   of   an   alcoholic,   on   the   other   hand,   is   easy.   An   alcoholic   is   anyone   who   drinks   noticeably   and   creates   problems   that   irritate us. Most   people   know   someone   who   is   an   alcoholic.      How   the   alcoholics   we   know   from   our   own   experiences   behaves   will   have   influence   our subjective definition of alcoholism and therefore our objective definition. As   an   example:   I   remember   when   you   had   to   drink   every   day   to   be   an   alcoholic.   I   also   remember   when   all   alcoholics   were   going   to   die impoverished,   in   the   streets,   alone,   and   broken.   I   remember   when   counselors   told   families   to   ask   the   alcoholic   to   leave   the   home because they would drag the whole family down. It   is   rather   odd   how   these   definitions   evolve.      No   cigarette   smoker   would   say   you   were   addicted   to   cigarettes   if   you   routinely   went through   the   work   week   without   smoking   any   cigarettes   at   all   but   you   did   smoke   on   the   weekend.   A   common   practice   among   binge drinking alcoholics.
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