What is Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that results in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. (Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition)

The warning signs of alcohol abuse

According to helpguide.org, these are some common signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse:
  1. Repeatedly neglecting your responsibilities at home, work, or school because of your drinking.
  2. Using alcohol in situations where it’s physically dangerous, such as drinking and driving, operating machinery while intoxicated, or mixing alcohol with prescription medication against doctor’s orders.
  3. Experiencing repeated legal problems on account of your drinking.
  4. Continuing to drink even though your alcohol use is causing problems in your relationships.
  5. Drinking as a way to relax or de-stress. Many drinking problems start when people use alcohol to self-soothe and relieve stress.
Looking for more information: The U.S. National Library of Medicine has information on causes and risk factors, symptoms, signs, complications from alcohol abuse, and more.

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