Alcohol Awareness Month

Monday, April 8, 2013 -
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

GET THE FACTS: Alcoholism is a disease.

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence, is a disease. The craving for alcohol that someone suffering from this disease feels can be as strong as the need for food or water, causing that person to continue to drink despite serious family, health, or legal problems. Like many other diseases alcoholism is chronic, meaning that it lasts a person's lifetime, usually follows a predictable course, and has symptoms which include:

Craving: A strong need, or urge, to drink.

Loss of control: Not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun.

Physical dependence: Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking.

Tolerance: The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get "high".

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