Misusing alcohol can lead to serious problems. Alcohol-use disorder can be mild, moderate, or severe. Alcohol-use disorder is a pattern of drinking that results in failure to meet work, home, or school responsibilities, among other things.
Older terms used to describe this disorder are alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, and alcoholism. The disorder is considered a disease. Symptoms include an extremely strong craving for alcohol, loss of control over drinking, or physical dependence.
Learn more about the effects of abusing alcohol by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
Severe alcoholism is severe alcohol-use disorder has symptoms that may include:
A person with mild, moderate, or severe alcohol-use disorder can help from treatment.