Habitual alcohol use is characterized as alcoholism. Alcoholism is a serious form of alcohol use and is also referred to as alcohol use disorder or AUD. Alcohol use disorder can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Alcoholics are physically dependent on alcohol and are unable to function normally without alcohol. Several aspects of life can be affected by alcohol use disorder including physical health, work-life, relationships, and personal goals.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 15 million Americans 12 years or older have been diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder. According to the CDC, an estimated 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year.
There are several warning signs to look for if you believe you or a loved one may be an alcoholic. These signs include:
Common symptoms of alcoholism include:
Risks of alcoholism can be short-term or long-term. Short-term risks include injury, alcohol poisoning, and violence. These risks are all possible when you drink too much in the short-term. Long-term risks associated with alcoholism and excessive alcohol use are cancer, heart disease, memory loss, and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Recovery from alcoholism is possible. Treatment options are available and vary based upon individual needs. Treatment may include medical detox, inpatient rehab, outpatient programs, or individual and group therapy. It is advised to detox from alcohol under medical care. If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for an alcohol use disorder, Arista Recovery is here to help. Call us today to speak with an addiction specialist and have any questions or concerns answered!
*This quiz is a self-assessment adapted from the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test). AUDIT is an alcohol screening instrument used to assess alcohol consumption,drinking behaviors, and alcohol-related problems. Your results are not a proper diagnosis. Please consult your doctor for a clinical diagnosis and full evaluation.