What Do You Know About Alcohol Abuse?
Misusing alcohol can lead to serious problems. Alcohol-use disorder can be mild, moderate, or severe. Alcohol-use disorder (AUD) is a pattern of drinking that can lead to problems at work, home, or school. Older terms to used to describe this disorder are alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, and alcoholism. The disorder is considered a disease. Symptoms include a very strong craving for alcohol, loss of control over drinking, or physical dependence. Learn more about the effects of abusing alcohol by taking this quiz. It's based on information from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
Severe alcoholism is now known as severe alcohol-use disorder. Its symptoms may include:
- A strong craving for alcohol
- A loss of control over how much alcohol is consumed at any one time and what the consequences of drinking are
- Withdrawal symptoms such as tremor or nausea if alcohol is not consumed regularly
- The need for more and more alcohol to feel good.
A person with mild, moderate, or severe alcohol-use disorder can help from treatment.