What is Alcohol Abuse?
According to the CDC, alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking which results in harm to one’s health, to interpersonal relationships and/or to the ability to function properly. Alcohol abuse may manifest in the following situations:
- Failure to fulfil major responsibilities at home, work, or school
- Drinking in hazardous situations, such as driving under the influence
- Drinking that leads to recurring legal problems
- Continued drinking despite ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by drinking
Alcohol abuse can cause damage to a person’s mind, body and spirit. Also, it’s not uncommon to see alcohol abuse turn to alcoholism with sustained use.