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What Is Alcoholism?

October 18th, 2010 – Posted by James W. West M.D. F.A.C.S. in Doctors Office


Question:  What is alcoholism?

Answer:  A committee of experts in the field of addiction treatment arrived at a consensus for a working definition of alcoholism that is (l) scientifically valid, (2) clinically useful and (3) understandable by the public.  As such, alcoholism can be defined as a chronic disease that carries with it a universally recognizable set of symptoms, including impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions of thinking, most notably denial.  These symptoms may be continuous or periodic.  Although the disease is often progressive and can be fatal, it is also treatable.

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