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Alcohol Addiction Diagnosis

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Alcohol Addiction Diagnosed?

The American Psychiatric Association defined specific criteria for the clinical diagnosis of abuse and dependence which revolves mainly on the definition of abuse:

  • Maladaptive pattern of substance abuse that leads to clinically significant impairment or distress that is manifested by one or more of the following that occur within a 12-month period: 3
    • Recurrent substance use that result in failure to fulfill major role obligations.
    • Recurrent substance use in situations in which it is physically hazardous (e.g., driving an automobile or operating a machine when impaired by substance use)
    • Recurrent substance-related legal problems (e.g., arrests for substance-related disorderly conduct)
    • Continued substance use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the substance (e.g., arguments with spouse about consequences of intoxication, physical fights)
    • The symptoms have never met the criteria for Substance Dependence for this class of substances.

Could You Have Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol Addiction Topics

Related Conditions

Drug Addiction – Drug Use, Addiction, Substance Abuse, Withdrawal, Tolerance, Alcoholism, Escape, Drug Dependency
Gambling Addiction – Compulsiveness, Uncontrolled Gambling, Pathological Gambling, Withdrawal, Tolerance, Escape, Loss of Control
Sexual Addiction – Hypersexuality, Sexual Dependency, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder