What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to both a physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. Symptoms include repeated alcohol consumption despite related legal and health issues. Those with alcoholism may begin each day with a drink, feel guilty about their drinking, and have the desire to cut down on the amount of drinking. Treatment involves counseling by a healthcare professional. A detoxification program in a hospital or medical facility is an option for those who need additional assistance. Medications are available that reduce the desire to drink.*
*Ries, R., Fiellin, D., Miller, S., & Saitz, R. (2014). The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine (Fifth ed., p. 101). Wolters Kluwer.