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What is Alcohol Abuse


by Kevin Caruso

Alcohol abuse is not alcoholism, but still presents serious problems.

People who abuse alcohol DO NOT have the following four symptoms of alcoholism:

Strong craving for alcohol – not just a desire to have a drink or two, but an overwhelming compulsion to drink.

Loss of control – not being able to stop after one or two drinks. The inability to say “I’ve had enough” and stop.

Physical dependence – experiencing withdrawal symptoms when one does not respond to the compulsion to drink. Withdrawal symptoms can include sweating, shakiness, nausea, and anxiety.

Tolerance – building up a “tolerance” overtime, so a greater amount of alcohol will is consumed to “get high” each time a new tolerance level is established.


But people who abuse alcohol negatively affect themselves and their loved ones because of their drinking.

Below are some of the ways that alcohol can be abused. (These activities can occur while drinking or after drinking).

Engaging in ANY illegal activity.

Drinking and driving.

Drinking while at work or at school.

Verbally abusing others.

Physically abusing others.

Domestic violence.

Not performing work or school duties adequately.

Missing appointments or social events.

Alcohol abuse can have serious consequences.

It can result in the loss of a job, the end of a marriage, illness, and even death.

If you are abusing alcohol, you need help.

Please call 1-800-ALCOHOL

And if you know of someone who is abusing alcohol, please get help for him or her.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso
Suicide.org
Founder, Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief
(Alcohoism Info.com is a Suicide.org website.)



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