Alcohol Use Disorder
(AUD; Alcohol Dependence; Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
- Genetic makeup that affects how your body uses alcohol
- Family members with a history of alcohol misuse
- Use of alcohol at an early age
- Use of illicit drugs or non-medical use of prescription drugs
- Easy access to alcoholic beverages
- Situations with high peer pressure and/or emotional stress
- Psychiatric disorders, such as depression or anxiety
- Increasing amounts of alcohol that is being consumed
- Inability to stop or limit drinking despite associated problems
- Significant amounts of time doing activities to obtain or use alcohol
- Craving or urge to use alcohol
- Repeated home, school, or work problems
- Difficulty in relationships with family members, friends, and coworkers
- Missing previously favored activities in order to drink alcohol or recover from alcohol
- Alcohol use even if it creates physically unsafe situations or leads to legal trouble
- Alcohol use that continues even when it causes or worsens health problems
- Block the high that contributes to alcohol craving
- Cause immediate illness after drinking alcohol
- Reduce cravings for alcohol
Mentoring and Community Help
- Heart disease, such as heart arrhythmias, or a heart attack or stroke
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Cognitive problems, such as dementia
- Psychiatric problems
|Some of the Organs Damaged with Alcohol Use Disorder|
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Alcoholics Anonymous http://www.aa.org
Moderation Management http://www.moderation.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 02/06/2015 -
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