Alcohol abuse disorder, or alcohol addiction, is a very serious condition. If you or a loved one is struggling with drinking, you could be facing serious complications and consequences. Complications including physical and mental health problems, financial and relationship issues and many others. According to the most recent statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) there are 15.1 million adults struggling with an alcohol use disorder. Alcohol is now the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.1
The statistics sound grim, but there is hope for anyone currently trying to stop or moderate their drinking. Treatments for alcohol use disorder are available and effective. If you feel as if you may have an issue with drinking, if you are trying to moderate or stop but keep struggling with it, or if you have a loved one with this problem, reach out for a professional evaluation and treatment plan.
Alcohol is the most commonly used mind-altering substance. Although it is legal it can cause serious health problems. If you drink you are far from alone. According to the NSDUH, 86.4 percent of adults have used alcohol during their lifetimes. 70 percent drank in the last year, and nearly 27 percent engaged in binge drinking in the last month.1 Because drinking is such a common and socially accepted behavior, it can be hard to tell if your drinking patterns have become problematic.
Early signs that you need to moderate your drinking is regularly consuming more than is recommended by experts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that alcohol should only be consumed in moderation. Moderation means no more than one drink per day and seven drinks per week for women. As well as, no more than two per day and 14 per week for men.2 If you regularly drink more than this, it could indicate the beginning of a problem.
Going above moderate drinking does not necessarily mean you have an alcohol abuse disorder. Only a mental health or addiction professional can tell you if you have an addiction. However, use the checklist here to help you decide if you need to seek out an evaluation. Depending on how many of these you meet, you may have a mild, moderate or severe alcohol use disorder:3
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