An illness characterized by significant impairment that is directly associated with persistent and excessive use of alcohol.
What is alcoholism? Alcoholism is an illness characterized by significant impairment that is associated with persistent and excessive use of alcohol. Impairment may include physiological, psychological or social dysfunction. Psychologically speaking, alcoholism has less to do with “how much” someone is drinking, and more to do with what happens when they drink (Mascott). If you have problems when you drink, you have a drinking problem.
There are a plethora of symptoms correlated to drinking problems. Alcoholism is a progressive disease; meaning that the symptoms and effects of drinking alcohol become increasingly more severe over time. Early signs of alcoholism include frequent intoxication, an established pattern of heavy drinking and drinking in dangerous situations (such as when driving). Other early signs of alcoholism include black-out drinking or a extreme change in demeanor while drinking, such as consistently becoming angry or violent. The key symptom of alcohol abuse occurs when someone continues to drink after their drinking reaches a level that causes recurrent problems. Continuing to drink after it causes someone to miss work, drive drunk, shirk responsibilities or get in trouble with the law is considered alcohol abuse (T Buddy).
The statistics on alcoholism are mind blowing. Alcoholism is a serious problem in today's society. It is extremely important that the public, including the large groups of users and abusers of alcohol, gain as much knowledge as possible about the symptoms and effects of alcoholism if we ever want to see the reduction of statistics involving fatalities, injuries, diseases caused from the use and abuse of alcohol. It is estimated that over 3 million teens between the ages of 14 and 17 in the United States today are problem drinkers. Youth who began drinking before they turned 15...