Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol use disorder, more commonly known as alcoholism, is considered to be both a physical and mental illness. It is typified by heavy, habitual use of alcohol and has been been described as either alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. Alcoholism is diagnosed when alcohol use interferes with daily functioning and causes health and social problems. Problems include cravings for alcohol, spending excess time and money in the use of alcohol, not fulfilling responsibilities, engaging in risky behaviors while under the influence, problems with work or relationships among many others. Alcoholism can have a genetic component. Therapy and support groups are both good tools to help battle addiction and alcoholism.