Alcohol abuse is different from Alcoholism. Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that can be treated and cured, whereas Alcoholism is a disease that can be treated, but currently, there is no cure.
Alcohol abuse affects nearly 14 million people each year in the United States alone. 7.4% of Americans abuse alcohol or are alcoholic, and five times more men than women become alcohol dependent. Alcohol-related abuse has been called many things, but the most common would be ‘pattern drinking.’ Binge drinking is a pattern of excessive drinking, which results in adverse health, physical and social consequences to the alcoholic and often to those around the alcoholic. In circumstances of alcohol abuse, the person drinking alcohol in a constant destructive pattern has the ability to change his or her drinking pattern habits. Alcohol drinking dependence or Alcoholism, is characterized by an addiction to alcohol that is out of the drinker’s control – he or she cannot stop using alcohol despite the severe physical, health, emotional, mental consequences. Alcoholism is a chronic severe, progressive disease that can be fatal if untreated.
If at any time, you suspect that you could be starting a drinking problem, ask yourself these four questions: do you need a crave alcohol as soon as you get up? Do you feel guilty or bad about your drinking? Do you think you need to cut back on your alcohol consumption, but cannot? Are you annoyed when other people make comments about your drinking habits?
If you are honest and answer two or more of the previous questions was yes than you probably have a severe alcohol problem and should seek help. For information on alcohol abuse treatment, feel free to browse through our wide selection of free informational articles. Our educated, talented staff have spent hours researching the latest alcohol abuse treatment options so feel free to educate yourself!
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