Alcoholism

DEFINITION

The CDC defines alcoholism as a strong craving for alcohol, resulting in continued drinking despite repeated physical, mental, or interpersonal problems, and/or the inability to limit drinking.

Alcoholism may lead to liver failure, high blood pressure, heart conditions, stroke, digestive problems, cancer, or depression.

EXAMPLE

John went out to the bar with his friends on the weekend. He ordered one shot of alcohol but eventually could not stop drinking that night. He started to feel very sick. His friends had to drag him out of the bar to make him stop. He knows he shouldn’t drink but he can’t limit his drinking. One day, he tries to stop drinking but he gets very bad headaches.