Medical Dictionary: Alcohol dependency

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Alcohol dependency: Another name for Alcoholism.
Alcohol dependency (condition): Excessive addictive use of alcohol.
Alcohol dependency (condition): 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.

Alcohol dependency: 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

More information on medical condition: Alcoholism:

1. excerpt from Alcoholism Getting the Facts: NIAAA

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