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Alcohol Use Disorder

What is alcohol use disorder?

 

Alcohol use disorder is a medical disorder which involves a pattern with alcohol. The condition can look different for different people. People with the addiction may not show all of the same symptoms, but it can be defined as:

 

1. Difficulty controlling how much you are drinking and binge drinking (heavy drinking)

 

2. Drinking frequently

 

3. Drinking causing problems in your daily life and your relationships

 

4. Needing to drink more and more over time to feel the same effects from alcohol

 

AUD can range from mild to severe depending on how much it is affecting your physical and mental wellbeing. However, even if you have a mild case of AUD, it is important to treat it in order for the condition not to get worse.

 

Alcohol use disorder includes a level of drinking commonly known as alcoholism.

 

How do I know if I or someone I care about has it?

 

If you are worried that you or someone you care about has AUD, speaking with a medical professional is a good idea. The doctor will ask about the history that he or she has with alcohol as well as the symptoms that are showing. These symptoms may include

 

  • having a strong craving for alcohol

 

  • neglecting responsibilities due to drinking

 

  • experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking

 

 

Doctors may also ask questions about a person's drinking habits and perform physical exams or blood tests as well to understand the impact that alcohol has had so far on the body.

What is alcohol use disorder?

 

Alcohol use disorder is a medical disorder which involves a pattern with alcohol. The condition can look different for different people. People with the addiction may not show all of the same symptoms, but it can be defined as:

 

1. Difficulty controlling how much you are drinking and binge drinking (heavy drinking)

 

2. Drinking frequently

 

3. Drinking causing problems in your daily life and your relationships

 

4. Needing to drink more and more over time to feel the same effects from alcohol

 

AUD can range from mild to severe depending on how much it is affecting your physical and mental wellbeing. However, even if you have a mild case of AUD, it is important to treat it in order for the condition not to get worse.

 

Alcohol use disorder includes a level of drinking commonly known as alcoholism.

 

How do I know if I or someone I care about has it?

 

If you are worried that you or someone you care about has AUD, speaking with a medical professional is a good idea. The doctor will ask about the history that he or she has with alcohol as well as the symptoms that are showing. These symptoms may include

 

  • having a strong craving for alcohol

 

  • neglecting responsibilities due to drinking

 

  • experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking

 

 

Doctors may also ask questions about a person's drinking habits and perform physical exams or blood tests as well to understand the impact that alcohol has had so far on the body.

Graphic representation of Alcoholism

Symptom list:

Alcohol Use Disorder

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Financial support

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Emotional support

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