Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism Abuse

1458 Words Apr 15th, 2016 6 Pages
The alcohol abuse definition is similar to alcoholism in that in both cases alcohol is causing harm to the drinker 's life and those around them. The difference is that those who abuse alcohol, but are not yet alcoholics, typically can put some limitations on their drinking and they have not yet become physically addicted to alcohol. The key to the alcohol abuse definition is not in the amount of alcohol consumed but on how it affects an individual. Alcohol abuse is a psychiatric diagnosis in which there is recurring harmful use of ethanol despite its negative consequence. In 2013 it was reclassified as alcohol use disorder along with alcohol dependence. There are two types of alcohol abuse, those who have anti-social and pleasure seeking tendencies, and those who are anxiety-ridden people who are able to go without drinking for long periods of time, unable to control themselves.
Who does it affected? It depends entirely on the individual. You can be an alcohol abuser for decades and the only clue family might have is that they often smell alcohol on your breath at any time of day or night. Your family might be aware that you drink a lot and they too drink a lot. In these scenarios your family may not be affected at all. You may physically abuse your family and not even remember the next day what you did. You may suffer "cold turkey" as often as 1/2/3 times a week. Cold turkey can result in you skipping work (losing your job), make others very worried at your shaking and…
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