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Alcohol Abuse – Does not have to Lead to Alcoholism

Take a look at the contributing factors and see if you are in danger.

 

Gottesman's_multifactorial_model_applied_to_alcohol_use

 

I got the information below directly from the World Health Organizations website.

Alcohol abuse, also called “problem drinking”, is a pattern of excessive drinking that results in adverse health and social consequences to the drinker, and often to those around the drinker. People with an alcohol abuse problem:

Use alcohol to help them change the way they feel about themselves and/or some aspects of their lives.

Experience some problems associated with their alcohol use.

Get complaints about their alcohol use.

Lose interest in activities and hobbies that used to bring pleasure.

Get irritable as their usual drinking time approaches, especially if alcohol isn’t available.

Keep alcohol in unlikely places at home, at work and in the car.

Gulp drinks, become intoxicated intentionally.

Drink alone or in secret.

Alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol dependence if it continues for too long. Many go through this type of drinking early in life. Most commonly when they go away to college or join the military.  Alcohol abuse is common among young persons.  Most grow out of it.

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See also:
Binge Drinking
How To Stop Drinking Alcohol
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