What is alcoholism?

Alcoholism, also called alcohol dependence, is a disease that includes the following four symptoms.  If your loved one has any of these symptoms, further evaluation or a professional assessment is recommended: 

Craving – A strong need, or powerful urges to drink.

Loss of control – Drinking more than you planned or not being able to stop drinking once you start.

Physical dependence – Withdrawal, such as sweating, shakiness, or anxiety after stopping drinking.

Tolerance – The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get the same effect.

(Adapted from: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/FAQs/General-English/Pages/default.aspx#experience)

Share this page: Print this page:

More FAQs