Alcohol Abuse / Alcoholism
Alcoholism (alcohol dependence) and alcohol abuse are two different forms of problem drinking.
- Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continues to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. Alcohol may control your life and relationships.
- Alcohol abuse is when your drinking leads to problems, but not physical addiction.
Alcoholism and alcohol abuse carry many serious dangers. Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers. It can cause damage to the liver, brain and other organs. It can cause birth defects. It increases the risk of death from car crashes and other injuries as well as the risk of homicide and suicide.
For additional resources on elder abuse, please visit the following:
- Dealing with Addiction from TeensHealth.org
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
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