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Alcohol Addiction

(Also Known As: Addiction, Alcoholism, Alcoholic, Substance Abuse, Alcohol Dependence)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction is a chronic condition characterized by dependence on alcohol and frequently resulting in behavioral and health consequences. Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism and alcohol dependence, is a progressive degenerative disease that includes the following four symptoms: tolerance, the loss of control, physical dependence, and craving. 1

When a person craves alcohol and cannot limit his of her drinking; or has a desire to increase the amounts of alcohol just to get a high feeling; or stopps drinking after an extreme period of time that results in anxiety, trembling, sweating and nausea; the person is likely an alcoholic. Alcohol addiction can be defined basically as an obsessive need for beer, wine, and other hard liquors that leads addicts to lose their social status, affects their health and worsens personal lives.

Could You Have Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol Addiction Topics

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