24 Oct Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcoholism

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are two different problems that people can face when they drink excessively. Both are damaging to one’s physical health and lifestyle but alcoholism has a more lasting effect than alcohol abuse.

 

Alcohol abuse is when drinking leads to problems, but not necessarily addiction. Some examples of problems caused by alcohol abuse as listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) include :

 

– Failure to fulfill major responsibilities at work, school, or home.

 

— Drinking in dangerous situations, such as drinking while driving or operating machinery.

 

— Legal problems related to alcohol, such as being arrested for drinking while driving or for physically hurting someone while drunk.

 

– Continued drinking despite ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by drinking.

 

Alcohol abuse can have a very damaging effect on a person’s life, but can be controlled and changed if a person so chooses. The major problem with alcohol abuse is that it can lead to alcoholism, which is a disease that is more difficult to cure.

 

Alcoholism is a disease that occurs when the body develops a dependency to alcohol. A person with alcoholism will have trouble functioning without consuming alcohol and will feel unable to regulate the amount of alcohol they consume. The main indicators of alcoholism as listed by CDCPare:

 

– A strong craving for alcohol.

 

— Continued use despite repeated physical, psychological, or interpersonal problems.

 

— The inability to limit drinking.

 

Alcoholism can lead to a myriad of physical, mental and emotional problems that greatly diminish a person’s quality of life. One of the major signs of impending alcoholism is the continued occurrence of alcohol abuse. This is just one of the reasons why alcohol abuse should be avoided at all times: so its damaging effects can’t take root to cause a chronic disease.

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