A Better Understanding of Alcohol Use Disorder

A Closer Look at Normal vs. Abnormal Alcohol Intake

  • 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content).
  • 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content).
  • 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content).
  • 5-ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey).

Alcohol Abuse Disorder

  • Wishing to limit how much is drank or making unsuccessful attempts to do so
  • Spending a significant amount of time obtaining alcohol, drinking, and recovering from alcohol use
  • Being incapable of limiting the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Feeling cravings for alcohol or a strong urge to drink
  • Failing to fulfill obligations to family and work
  • Giving up on or reducing work activities and hobbies
  • Continuing to drink even though it is causing social, interpersonal, or physical problems
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol, so you need more to feel tipsy or drunk
  • Using alcohol while driving or other unsafe situations
  • Experiencing withdrawal when alcohol is not available
  • Drinking to avoid withdrawal

The Dangers of Alcoholism to the Alcoholic

  • Motor vehicle accidents and other types of accidental injury, such as drowning
  • Relationship problems
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Increased likelihood of committing violent crimes or being the victim of a crime
  • Legal problems or problems with employment or finances
  • Problems with other substance use
  • Engaging in risky, unprotected sex, or experiencing sexual abuse or date rape
  • Increased risk of attempted or completed suicide

Alcoholism May Be Hereditary

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