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For most adults, moderate alcohol use is probably not harmful. However, about 18 million adult Americans are alcoholics or have alcohol problems. Alcoholism is a disease with four main features:

  • Craving - a strong need to drink
  • Loss of control - not being able to stop drinking once you've started
  • Physical dependence - withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, or shakiness when you don't drink
  • Tolerance - the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to feel the same effect

Alcoholism carries many serious dangers. Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers. It can cause damage to the liver, brain, and other organs. Drinking during pregnancy can harm your baby. Alcoholism also increases the risk of death from car crashes, injuries, homicide, and suicide.

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  1. Alcoholism (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... adult Americans are alcoholics or have alcohol problems. Alcoholism is a disease with four main features: Craving - ... amounts of alcohol to feel the same effect Alcoholism carries many serious dangers. Heavy drinking can increase ...
  2. Alcohol withdrawal refers to symptoms that may occur when a person who has been drinking too much alcohol ... Alcohol withdrawal occurs most often in adults, but it may occur in teenagers or children. The more you ...
  3. Alcohol Abuse: Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
    MENU Return to Web version Alcohol Abuse | Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome What is alcohol withdrawal syndrome? Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a set of symptoms that people who have had an alcohol abuse problem ...
  4. DTs; Alcohol withdrawal - delirium tremens ... common in people who have a history of alcohol withdrawal . It is especially common in those who drink ...
  5. ClinicalTrials.gov: Alcohol Withdrawal Seizures From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  6. ClinicalTrials.gov: Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  7. Alcohol Alert: Genetics of Alcoholism From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)  
    ... techniques, researchers have identified a gene that influences alcohol withdrawal seizure severity in mice, enabling them to study ... 3723396 9 Metten, P., and Crabbe, J.C. Alcohol withdrawal severity in inbred mouse (Mus musculus) strains. Behavioral ...
  8. Resources - alcoholism ... following organizations are good resources for information on alcoholism : Alcoholics Anonymous - www.alcoholics-anonymous.org Al-Anon/ ...
  9. ... Needing more and more alcohol to feel "drunk" Alcohol withdrawal symptoms when you haven't had a drink ... can be life threatening. For more information, see: Alcohol withdrawal Your health care provider should order blood and ...
  10. JAMA Patient Page: Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (American Medical Association) - PDF  
    ... Medical Association JAMA PATIENT PAGE Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism A buse of alcohol is a major cause ... by or worsened by the effects of alcohol. Alcoholism (alcohol dependence) is a more severe pattern of ...
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