Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Alcohol abuse is problem drinking that negatively impacts your life.
Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a problem pattern of drinking where you can have the same issues as alcohol abuse. Alcoholism also includes continued drinking even when there are clear problems related to alcohol that affect your physical and mental health.
Last reviewedJanuary 2015by Michael Woods, MD
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