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> Alcohol > Alcohol Dependence (Alcoholism) Defined

Alcohol Dependence (Alcoholism) Defined

Symptoms

Alcohol dependence can involve any of the following symptoms or behaviors:
Having long episodes of intoxication
Drinking alone
Having work problems or financial problems caused by drinking
Losing interest in food
Being careless about personal appearance
Having blackouts
Driving drunk
Hurting oneself or someone else while intoxicated
Hiding liquor bottles and glasses to hide the evidence of drinking
Experiencing mood or personality changes

Because large amounts of alcohol can be toxic to the body (for example, the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal or nervous systems), alcoholism also may cause physical symptoms:

Morning nausea or shaking
Signs of malnutrition due to a poor diet
Abdominal pain or diarrhea
A flushed red color to the face and palms
Numbness, weakness or tingling in the arms or legs
Unusually frequent accidental injuries, especially falls

To help determine whether someone has an alcohol problem, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recommends taking the CAGE test.


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