Introduction: Alcoholism


Alcoholism: Alcoholism is the physical and mental addiction to alcohol. Prolonged abuse of alcohol caused both physical and mental conditions, and there are also various social implications from associated behaviors. Although cirrhosis of the liver is the best known complication, there are numerous physical effects to the digestive system, pancreas, nerves, and heart. Alcoholism can be difficult to diagnose because of secrecy and the tendency towards denial of a serious problem. In some cases alcoholism may actually be a symptom of an underlying condition such as depression or schizophrenia. Treatment is mainly by cessation of alcohol, usually with support from groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and is often successful in alleviating the condition and its related complications.

Alcoholism: For most people who drink, alcohol is a pleasant accompaniment to social activities. Moderate alcohol use—up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people—is not harmful for most adults. (A standard drink is one 12-ounce bottle or can of either beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.) Nonetheless, a large number of people get into serious trouble because of their drinking.1

Researching symptoms of Alcoholism: Further information about the symptoms of Alcoholism is available including a list of symptoms of Alcoholism, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Alcoholism, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Alcoholism: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Alcoholism, failure to diagnose Alcoholism, underlying causes of Alcoholism (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Alcoholism: Various information is available about treatments available for Alcoholism, current research about Alcoholism treatments, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of Alcoholism: Research more detailed information about the causes of Alcoholism, other possibly hidden causes of Alcoholism, or other general information about Alcoholism.

Statistics and Alcoholism: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Alcoholism, prevalence and incidence statistics for Alcoholism, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

         Contents for Alcoholism:

1. excerpt from Alcoholism Getting the Facts: NIAAA

Last revision: April 10, 2003

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