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What Kind of a Disease is Alcoholism According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism NIAAA about 17 million people - more than 10 percent of the adult population - drink too much or are unable to control their drinkingAlcohol In addition about 53 percent of men and women in the United States report that one or more of their close relatives have a drinking problem FQA - Alcohol The percentage increases as the alcoholics increase every year Alcoholism which is also known as alcohol dependence syndrome is a widespread problem which can happen after a month or years of drinking Alcoholism is characterized by craving loss of control physical dependence and tolerance It is a disease that gets worse the more the person keeps drinking Without treatment by trained people it can destroy a persons mental and physical health and lead to death Alcoholism Getting the Facts Alcoholism is a disease of the mind and body similar to other diseases like cancer Hudman The progression of the disease is so slight and usually takes place over such an extended period of time like after months or years of drinking Because of the period of time it takes the alcoholic loses the point that heshe loses control over himselfherself Just like cancer alcoholism is a disease that gets worse the more the person keeps drinking in a period of time As the alcoholic increases the amount of alcohol the symptoms become more obvious According to NIAAA the symptoms are Craving A strong need or compulsion to drink Loss of control The inability to limit ones drinking on any given occasion Physical dependence Withdrawal symptoms such as nausea sweating shakiness and anxiety occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking Tolerance The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to get high FQA - Alcohol According to Goodwin most of the alcoholics drink
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