What is alcohol addiction?
Alcohol addiction is repeated drinking to the extent that you are periodically or chronically intoxicated. Having the compulsion to drink and find it difficult to stop or modify your drinking patterns. It’s also commonly referred to as ‘alcohol dependence’ and ‘alcoholism’.
Alcoholism is not as straightforward as you might think. You don’t have to drink excessively all the time to be addicted: the extent of dependence sits on a spectrum. You might be 15 or 65 and may or may not have a stable job. You might drink in isolation or be incredibly social, Maybe you have a family history of alcoholism.
You might be a binge drinker or class yourself as a heavy drinker, but if you feel the compulsion to drink is too strong and find it difficult to stop or modify your drinking patterns, you most likely have an alcohol addiction.
However, the significance of the side effects that alcohol dependence presents is very clear. Alcoholism puts you at a higher risk of liver damage, cancer, heart disease and other debilitating conditions. It can also put pressure on your relationships, your career and your finances.