How Alcoholism is different from Alcohol Abuse?

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.

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