Alcohol dependency - Definition

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An alcohol dependency is the result of consuming alcohol, excessively and repeatedly, without being able to stop or control consumption. Alcohol dependency, or chronic alcoholism, causes a craving when stopping or decreasing consumption, characterized by tremors, anxiety, nausea, sweating, and sometimes confusion. Alcohol dependency has an important psychosocial impact on the consumer. It is also harmful to health and causes serious liver diseases, such as liver cirrhosis, and may progress to hepatocellular carcinoma, but also cardiovascular problems, pancreatitis, neurological disorders, and digestive cancers.