Alcoholism: Overview

Alcoholism is the abuse of alcohol due to a chronic addiction to alcohol. Drinking a few drinks to cope with some of life’s stress is not a good idea, and can slide into alcoholism. Chronic alcoholism results in symptoms other than the chronic and profound need of alcohol, such as poor appetite, weight loss, malnutrition, and disorders of various major body organs: liver disorders (cirrhosis of the liver), digestive disorders, heart disorders, reproductive system, nerves, and brain. Withdrawal of alcohol also results in a distinct set of symptoms, known as delirium tremens.

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