posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 08:46 AM
Alcoholism Information is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions to describe the detrimental effects of alcohol intake.
In common and historic usage, alcoholism refers to any condition that results in the continued consumption of alcoholic beverages despite health
problems and negative social consequences. Modern medical definition describe alcoholism as a disease and addiction which results in a persistent use
of alcohol despite negative consequences. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, alcoholism, also referred to as dipsomania described a preoccupation
with, or compulsion toward the consumption of, alcohol and/or an impaired ability to recognize the negative effects of excessive alcohol
Although not all of these definitions specify current and on-going use of alcohol as a qualifier for alcoholism, some do, as well as remarking on the
long-term effects of consistent, heavy alcohol use, including dependence and symptoms of withdrawal.
While the ingestion of alcohol is, by definition, necessary to develop alcoholism, the use of alcohol does not predict the development of alcoholism.
The quantity, frequency and regularity of alcohol consumption required to develop alcoholism varies greatly from person to person. In addition,
although the biological mechanisms underpinning alcoholism are uncertain, some risk factors, including social environment, stress, emotional health
and genetic predisposition, have been identified.
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