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What is Alcoholism

by Kevin Caruso

Alcoholism is NOT enjoying an occasional drink or two.

And frequent social drinking is not alcoholism, as long as the person drinking is in control and does not drink in excess.

Alcoholism has four symptoms, and anyone with these symptoms is an alcoholic and needs to get help immediately.

They are:

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.

If think that you might be an alcoholic, you need to get help immediately.

Call 1-800-ALCOHOL

And if you know someone who may be an alcoholic, please get help for him or her.

Take care,

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

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