Read about alcoholism medical facts: what is the definition of alcoholism, what are the signs and symptoms, medical treatment & how to treat alcoholism, information about the causes, diagnosis, and related alcoholism diseases.

Definition: What is "Alcoholism"?


Alcoholism is drinking alcoholic beverages at a level that obstruct with physical health, mental health & social, family, or job responsibilities. It is a progressive medical condition that encourages alcohol dependency. You may be fascinated with alcohol & unable to control how much you drink.

Symptoms & Signs

Signs of alcoholism & alcohol abuse include: Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink, not remembering conversations or commitments, sometimes referred to as "blacking out", building a tolerance to alcohol so that you need an increasing number of drinks to feel alcohol's effects.

Treatment: How to Treat "Alcoholism"?

Most treatments focus on helping people discontinue their alcohol intake, followed up with life training and/or social support in order to help them resist alcohol consumption temptations. Detoxification approaches & techniques are implemented with combination of supplementary approaches including supportive therapy, self-help groups & ongoing establishment of coping strategies.


Psychological factors may include: A need for anxiety relief, conflict in relationships, depression & low self-esteem. Social factors include: Ease of getting alcohol, social acceptance of alcohol use, stressful lifestyle & peer pressure.


All doctors should ask their patients about their drinking. Physical examination is carried out to identify physiological problems associated with alcoholism.

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