In order to face alcoholism and start on the road to recovery, you should have a basic understanding of the

alcoholism

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disease and its characteristics.

Alcoholism is usually defined by the following traits:

To understand how alcoholism might be affecting your life, take a look at the statements below. If three or more of them, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period, apply to you or you observe these traits in a family member or friend, you should consider talking to you doctor or healthcare provider.

  • It takes more alcohol to get “high” than it did before.
  • I have a few drinks to decrease my shakiness, nausea, or sweating.
  • I can’t stop drinking once I start.
  • I spend a lot of time thinking about drinking.
  • I have tried and failed to cut down or stop.
  • I have alcohol-related medical or behavioral problems.
  • I have cut down on social or professional activities in order to drink.