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addiction: alcoholism

Alcoholism is the traditional term used by both lay people and behavioral health care professionals to describe a varietyof problems or disorders related to consumption of or addiction to alcohol. These include drunkenness or alcohol intoxication ("acute" alcoholism), alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependence ("chronic").

As defined by and the (Morse, Flavin etal., 1992), alcoholism is a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterizedby impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial. Each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic.

Also: alcoholic, dipsomania, ethanolism, ethylism, familial alcoholism, intemperance, methylated spirit addiction, substance use disorder

Research sources

ReferenceO'Farrell, T.J., Cutter, H.G, & Floyd, F.J.(1985). Evaluating behavioral marital therapy for male alcoholics. Behavior Therapy, 16, 147-167.

ReferenceO'Farrell, T.J., Cutter, H.S.G., Choquette, K.A., Floyd, F.J. & Bayog, R.D.(1992). Behavior marital therapy for male alcoholics: Marital and drinking

The online Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists most of the major psychological disorders and illnesses and lists the criteria that must be fulfilled in order for a diagnosis to be made. This resource is not a substitute for proper professional psychiatric diagnosis.

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