21 Facts About Alcohol abuse


Alcohol abuse encompasses a spectrum of unhealthy alcohol drinking behaviors, ranging from binge drinking to alcohol dependence, in extreme cases resulting in health problems for individuals and large scale social problems such as alcohol-related crimes.

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Alcohol abuse was a psychiatric diagnosis in the DSM-IV, and has been merged with alcohol dependence into alcohol use disorder in the DSM-5.

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Alcohol abuse use is a major cause of preventable liver disease worldwide, and alcoholic liver disease is the main alcohol-related chronic medical illness.

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Alcohol abuse is related to economic and biological origins and is associated with adverse health consequences.

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Alcohol abuse is associated with acculturation, because social and cultural factors such as an ethnic group's norms and attitudes can influence alcohol abuse.

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The underlying mechanisms for female alcohol consumption and abuse is still under examination, but is believed to be largely influenced by morphological, rather than hormonal, changes during puberty as well as the presence of deviant peer groups.

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Alcohol abuse is the most recreationally used drug internationally, throughout history it has played a variety of roles, from medicine to a mood enhancer.

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Alcoholism and alcohol abuse however have undergone rigorous examination as a disease which has pervasive physiological and biosocial implications.

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Alcohol abuse has a variety of biosocial implications, such as the physiologically effects of a detox, how the detox period interacts with ones social life and how these interactions can make beating alcoholism a complex, difficult process.

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Therefore the biological implications of alcohol abuse are further reaching than just the physical issues experienced by the consumer.

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Alcohol abuse was defined in the DSM-IV as a maladaptive pattern of drinking.

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Alcohol abuse diagnosis is no longer used in the DSM-5, it is part of the alcohol use disorder diagnosis.

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Information and education on social norms and the harms associated with alcohol abuse delivered via the internet or face-to-face has not been found to result in any meaningful benefit in changing harmful drinking behaviours in young people.

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However, studies have established that those with alcohol abuse tend to have family members who try to provide help.

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Those who struggle with alcohol abuse are less likely to utilize substance abuse treatment services when they perceived higher stigma with alcohol abuse.

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The stigmatization of individuals who abuse alcohol has been linked to increased levels of depression, increased levels of anxiety, decreased levels of self-esteem, and poor sleeping habits.

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Social support can help push those struggling with alcohol abuse to overcome the negative connotation associated with their struggle and finally seek the treatment that they need.

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Alcohol abuse is said to be most common in people aged between 15 and 24 years, according to Moreira 2009.

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Causes of alcohol abuse are complex and are likely the combination of many factors, from coping with stress to childhood development.

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Alcohol abuse is associated with many accidents, fights, and offences, including criminal.

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Adolescents who abuse alcohol are 17 times more likely to commit suicide than adolescents who don't drink.

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