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alcoholismAlcoholism is a disease.  It is characterized by dependence on alcohol which typically begins with binge drinking and leads to alcohol abuse. There are different levels of severity for those who are considered alcoholics.  These levels can vary from mild to life threatening.
Binge drinking is different for men and women.  Having more than 5 drinks in one sitting for a male is considered binge drinking.  Having more than four drinks in one sitting is classified as binge drinking for a woman. Drinking large amounts as a means of getting intoxicated is also considered binge drinking.  Young people that are under the age of 21 are most likely to binge drink.  Moderate drinkers are the individuals who are highest risk for getting hurt or killed in alcohol related crimes or acts.  Most people believe this is more likely to happen for heavy drinkers; however, this is not the case.

Experiencing Alcohol Cravings

There are still many questions regarding how alcoholics develop this disease.  Is it genetic or learned?  Research shows that there is a genetic component associated with alcohol addiction.  However, those who put themselves at risk to drinking large amounts (e.g., by binge drinking, attending environments where drinking is likely, etc.) can learn to drink large amounts, become dependent, and develop an addiction to alcohol. Alcohol addiction refers to having cravings for alcohol and prolonged drinking behaviors despite experiencing alcohol related negative consequences, such as financial trouble or losing one’s job.

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism has four major symptoms:

- Craving for alcohol or having strong compulsions to drink
- Lack of control over drinking
- Withdrawal symptoms like nausea, shakiness, and sweating when not using   alcohol
- Development of a high tolerance for alcohol

If you or someone you know is experiencing some of these symptoms, it is important to realize that there is a problem present. Seek help today if you feel this is the case.

At Best Drug Rehab, we have sought to bring together many different trained, licensed professionals or certified recovering members of many different modalities that have a background in the addictions field.

Feel free to call and speak with a certified counselor if you have any questions on our unique approach to recovery through our program. We don't save lives...we teach you how to save yours.