Alcoholism is the result of physical and psychological dependence that creates negative consequences in one’s life and becomes a chronic neurobiological, yet treatable, disease. Treatment often involves participation in programs offered at an alcohol rehab center.
A standard drink
There are measurements for a standard drink, but not every beer, glass of wine or shot of liquor has the same alcohol content. Regular beer has 5% alcohol while light beers contain slightly less. Examples of a standard drink include:
Some people who drink alcohol are at risk of more serious problems than the average user including:
What is alcoholism and alcohol abuse?
Professional assessments can help you or someone you love determine the extent of a drinking problem. If you are experiencing some consequences of drinking, here are some questions to ask yourself:
Alcohol abuse has serious health risks.
Women become addicted to alcohol faster and with more serious health and mental consequences than men, while men suffer from alcoholism at higher rates. Alcohol affects every organ in the body and can cause cognitive loss, as well as these disease conditions: