Alcohol Abuse and Dependence Information (Adult)
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Alcohol is a widely available drug and people choose to drink alcohol in different amounts. Alcohol misuse and dependence can have a negative effect on your life. Alcohol misuse is when you use alcohol too much or too often. You may have a hard time setting a limit on the amount you drink.
Alcohol dependence is when you use alcohol consistently for a period of time, and your body changes as a result. Alcohol dependence can make it hard for you to stop drinking because you may start to feel sick or different when you do not drink alcohol. These symptoms are known as withdrawal.
People who drink alcohol very often and in large amounts, may develop what is called an alcohol use disorder.
If you are careless or you crave alcohol, it is easy to drink more than your body can handle (overdose). Alcohol overdose is a serious situation that requires hospitalization. It may lead to permanent injuries or death.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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