Alcohol Addiction

by Sara Waldron on August 22, 2017

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol can be an addictive substance and is one of the most commonAl Addiction pic 2 addiction in the United States. According to the 2015 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 15.1 million adults had Alcohol Use Disorder. The Alcohol Use Disorder integrates alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence into a single disorder. This is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, or having withdrawal symptoms when you decrease or stop drinking. Not everyone who consumes alcohol will become addicted. Certain individuals may be more susceptible to addiction and these chronic disorders can eventually cause changes in the brain.

What is the difference between Alcohol Addiction and Alcohol Abuse?

There is a difference between alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse. Alcohol addiction is viewed as a psychological and physical dependency on alcohol. These individuals may build up a tolerance to the substance and continue drinking even when alcohol-related issues become apparent. An alcohol abuser may not be addicted to alcohol. Abusers are usually heavy drinkers and they may not drink on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink once or twice a week and when they do they engage in risky behaviors or may be at risk for alcohol poisoning. This behavior of abusing alcohol may eventually lead to becoming dependent on it.

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Visit this website: for more information or to find a treatment center near you. As a student, you can use the resources available at the Wellness Center in Weygand Hall or call 508- 531-1252.  AL Addiction pic



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