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According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, experts make a distinction between alcohol abuse and alcoholism (also known as alcohol dependence). Not all alcohol abusers develop alcohol dependency. Abusers typically have some ability to set limits on their drinking, while those with alcoholism do not. Alcohol Dependence can occur in response to a stressful life change or because of a family history or genetic predisposition.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Repeatedly neglecting other activities and responsibilities
  • High Tolerance
  • Desire to stop drinking but can’t
  • Legal problems due to drinking
  • Drinking in dangerous situations
  • Alcohol use to de-stress
  • Continued use despite negative consequences
  • Loss of control
  • Withdrawal symptoms