Most people enjoy a drink, and most of us will have a few too many at some time, such as at Christmas, a wedding or a party. However, the difference between the occasional indulgence and an alcohol problem is how well you live up to that famous morning after vow of ‘never again’. Continuing to drink after it has begun to cause problems for yourself and those around you is one of the first symptoms of alcoholism.
This article on alcoholism symptoms is by Kathryn Senior, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
What is alcoholism?
Put simply, alcoholism is a dependence on alcohol. It is a disease that can strike anyone, regardless of their age, sex, race, profession or social status. Most importantly, it is not a reflection of poor character or weak will, but progressive disease that if left untreated, will become more and more severe and destructive as time goes by.
The symptoms of alcoholism should not be confused with binge drinking or alcohol abuse, although these are alcohol problems in their own right and are often the precursors of full blown alcoholism.