Approximately 18 million people in the United States have an alcohol use disorder, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. You’re probably thinking, “What is an alcohol use disorder?” An alcohol use disorder is a type of medical condition where the individual’s drinking causes harm or distress. Both alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence are categorized as alcohol use disorders.
The most serious type of alcohol use disorder is alcohol dependence, also referred to as alcoholism. You may be suffering from alcoholism if you have any of the following symptoms:
- You crave or have a strong need for alcoholic beverages
- Once you start drinking you can’t stop
- You have a high tolerance for alcohol, you have to drink larger amounts to get the same effect
- You suffer from withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking (i.e. nausea, sweating, anxiety)
While alcohol abusers are not physically dependent on alcohol, their alcohol use can lead to problems in their personal and professional lives. Some signs of alcohol abuse include:
- Your have legal issues because of your drinking
- You drink in dangerous situations, such as drinking and driving
- You are unable to fulfill your family and work obligations because of your alcohol use
- Even though you have health issues caused by alcohol use, you continue to drink
In some cases, alcohol abuse can develop into alcohol dependence.
Individuals that are struggling with an alcohol problem can seek help from a Christian rehab center. Through pastoral counseling, 12 step programs and group therapy sessions, you can recover from your alcohol use disorder. Remember that God restores help!
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