Alcohol Use Disorder
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Alcohol use disorder is a condition in which drinking disrupts daily life. People with this condition drink too much alcohol and cannot control their drinking.
Alcohol use disorder can cause serious problems with physical health. It can affect the brain, heart, and other internal organs. This disorder can raise the risk for certain cancers and cause problems with mental health, such as depression or anxiety.
This condition is caused by drinking too much alcohol over time. Some people with this condition drink to cope with or escape from negative life events. Others drink to relieve symptoms of physical pain or symptoms of mental illness.
This condition is diagnosed with an assessment. Your health care provider may start by asking three or four questions about your drinking, or they may give you a simple test to take. This helps to get clear information from you.
You may also have a physical exam or lab tests. You may be referred to a substance abuse counselor.
Some people with this condition benefit from a combination of treatments provided by specialized substance use treatment centers.
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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