Alcoholism - Definition

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Definition


Alcoholism is defined both by a misuse (bad usage) of the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and by the set of disorders caused by this misuse. Alcoholism can be acute, where one gets "smashed" or in the case of the phenomenon of "binge drinking" which corresponds to sporadic and massive alcoholization, but alcoholism is most often chronic. In this case, it is a behavior which is characterized, among other things, by the desire and the need to consume alcohol, the slow and subtle evolution towards a progressively increased tolerance to alcohol with the need of quantities growing steadily larger. Once dependence is recognized, the alcoholic must face the appearance of withdrawal symptoms if he/she stops consuming. Alcoholic intoxication leads to the destruction of organ tissues, particularly that of the liver, and psychological and social disorders (suicide attempts, violence, relationship problems...).

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