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The Definition of Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism, alcohol addiction and alcohol dependence are basically the same type of alcohol problem. Alcohol abuse, however, is different than these three. Alcohol abuse is when someone drinks too much alcohol at a given time, such as in a social setting. This individual is not necessarily an alcoholic or addicted to alcohol. While not as detrimental as alcoholism, alcohol abuse may lead to drunk-driving arrests or accidents, drinking-related medical conditions and an inability to handle one's home, work or school responsibilities. Alcohol abuse should be taken extremely seriously.

With alcohol abuse, the intense cravings found with alcoholism are not evident. A person can be considered to be suffering from alcohol abuse when he or she has experienced one or more of the following situations within a 12-month period:

The effects of alcohol abuse can be quite sobering. In fact, nearly 100,000 Americans die each year as a direct result of alcohol abuse. It also plays a huge role in social and domestic problems such as, crimes like child or spouse abuse and property damage as well as job absenteeism.

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

While it is not easy to identify alcohol abuse since it is a legal substance, there are some symptoms of alcohol addiction which include:

Some other symptoms include withdrawal from friends and a healthy life, and losing focus in life. Alcohol abuse destroys a person in their thinking ability and causes either insomnia or too much sleep.

There is a very thin line between social drinking and problem drinking, but professional help should be sought when alcohol starts causing problems in your daily life.

The immediate objectives of an alcohol treatment program are to relieve the symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal and treat any medical or psychiatric conditions present. Once these objectives have been accomplished, the alcohol detox team helps prepare you for your next level of treatment which may include: a residential alcohol rehab program, outpatient alcohol treatment program or attendance at alcoholic's anonymous meetings.

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