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What is the Difference Between Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse?

Adolescent Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that results in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Manifestations of alcohol abuse include the following:

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Failure to fulfill major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
Legal problems related to alcohol, such as being arrested for drinking while driving or for physically hurting someone while drunk.
Drinking in dangerous situations, such as drinking while driving or operating machinery.
Long-term alcohol abuse can turn into alcohol dependence.
Continued drinking despite ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by drinking.

Dependency on alcohol, also known as alcohol addiction and alcoholism, is a chronic disease. The signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence include:
A strong craving for alcohol.
Continued use despite repeated physical, psychological, or interpersonal problems.
The inability to limit drinking.

I’m Young. Is Drinking Bad for My Health?
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Yes. Studies have shown that alcohol use by youth and young adults increases the risk of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. Research has also shown that youth who use alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to become alcohol dependent than adults who begin drinking at age 21. Other consequences of youth alcohol use include increased risky sexual behaviors, poor school performance, and increased risk of suicide and homicide.

Is Beer or Wine Safer to Drink than Hard Liquor? << back to top
No. One 12-ounce beer has about the same amount of alcohol as one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5-ounce shot of liquor. It is the amount of alcohol consumed that affects a person most, not the type of alcoholic drink.

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Information throughout this site is courtesy of:
www.drugabuse.gov
www.samhsa.gov
www.nimh.nih.gov
www.nida.nih.gov
www.cdc.gov
www.teens.drugabuse.gov
www.justice.gov
   
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