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Alcoholism: Introduction

Alcoholism is the physical and mental addiction to alcohol. Prolonged abuse of alcohol caused both physical and mental conditions, and there are also various social implications from associated behaviors. Although cirrhosis of the liver is the best known complication, there are numerous physical effects to the digestive system, pancreas, nerves, and heart. Alcoholism can be difficult to diagnose because of secrecy and the tendency towards denial of a serious problem. In some cases alcoholism may actually be a symptom of an underlying condition such as depression or schizophrenia. Treatment is mainly by cessation of alcohol, usually with support from groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and is often successful in alleviating the condition and its related complications. ...more »

Symptoms of Alcoholism

Treatments for Alcoholism

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Alcoholism?

Alcoholism: Related Patient Stories

Alcoholism: Deaths

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Alternative Treatments for Alcoholism

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Types of Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Complications

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Causes of Alcoholism

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Disease Topics Related To Alcoholism

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Alcoholism: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Alcoholism

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ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and indeed the condition has usually more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians. Many patients with bipolar seek help from more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or have a more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause more »

Chronic liver disease often undiagnosed: One study reported that 50% of patients with a chronic liver disease remain undiagnosed by their primary physician. The reasons more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Alcoholism

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Alcoholism: Rare Types

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Latest Treatments for Alcoholism

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Prognosis for Alcoholism

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Clinical Trials for Alcoholism

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Prevention of Alcoholism

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Statistics for Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Broader Related Topics

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Article Excerpts about Alcoholism

For most people who drink, alcohol is a pleasant accompaniment to social activities. Moderate alcohol use—up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people—is not harmful for most adults. (A standard drink is one 12-ounce bottle or can of either beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.) Nonetheless, a large number of people get into serious trouble because of their drinking. (Source: excerpt from Alcoholism Getting the Facts: NIAAA)

Definitions of 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)


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