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What is Alcoholism?

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is the physical and mental addiction to alcohol. Prolonged abuse of alcohol caused both physical and ...more »

  • Alcoholism: Alcoholism is the compulsive urge to drink alcohol despite knowing the negative impact on one's health.
  • Alcoholism: Habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Alcoholism: Introduction

Types of Alcoholism:

Types of Alcoholism:

Broader types of Alcoholism:

How many people get Alcoholism?

Prevalance of Alcoholism: estimated 15.1 million people: 15.1 million alcohol-abusing or alcohol-dependent individuals and 4.6 million are women (NWHIC); nearly 14 million Americans (NIAAA)
Prevalance Rate of Alcoholism: approx 1 in 18 or 5.55% or 15.1 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Alcoholism: Currently, nearly 14 million Americans—1 in every 13 adults—abuse alcohol or are alcoholic. (Source: excerpt from Alcoholism Getting the Facts: NIAAA)

Who gets Alcoholism?

Patient Profile for Alcoholism: Usually adults

Gender Profile for Alcoholism: Men more than women about 2:1.

Racial Information for Alcoholism: Native American women die from alcoholism at five to six times the national rate. Drinking during pregnancy is three times the national average. (Source: excerpt from Native American Women's Health: NWHIC)

How serious is Alcoholism?

Complications of Alcoholism: see complications of Alcoholism
Deaths for Alcoholism: 19,171 persons died of alcohol-induced causes in 1999 USA (NVSR Sep 2001)

What causes Alcoholism?

Causes of Alcoholism: see causes of Alcoholism
Risk factors for Alcoholism: see risk factors for Alcoholism

What are the symptoms of Alcoholism?

Symptoms of Alcoholism: see symptoms of Alcoholism

Complications of Alcoholism: see complications of Alcoholism

Can anyone else get Alcoholism?

Inheritance: see inheritance of Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Alcoholism.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Alcoholism.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Alcoholism: General Practitioner, Gastroenterologist, Psychiatrist, Cardiologist, General surgeon, Anaesthetist, Psychologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Alcoholism.
Treatments for Alcoholism: see treatments for Alcoholism
Alternative treatments for Alcoholism: see alternative treatments for Alcoholism
Prevention of Alcoholism: see prevention of Alcoholism
Research for Alcoholism: see research for Alcoholism

Society issues for Alcoholism

Costs of Alcoholism: $185 billion each year for alcoholism in the US (Mayo Clinic)

Cost statistics for Alcoholism: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Alcoholism:

  • Estimated $52,123,000 spent in public hospitals on alcohol or drug use and disorders in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Estimated $17,172,000 spent in public hospitals on alcohol and drug use and disorders in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
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Hospitalization statistics for Alcoholism: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Alcoholism:
  • 0.26% (33,701) of hospital consultant episodes were for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 69% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 79% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol use required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Alcoholism:

Organs and body systems related to Alcoholism include:

Name and Aliases of Alcoholism

Main name of condition: Alcoholism

Class of Condition for Alcoholism: behavior addiction

Other names or spellings for Alcoholism:

alcohol dependency, alcohol addiction

Alcohol addiction, Inebriation, Drunkenness
Source - WordNet 2.1

Alcoholism: Related Conditions

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