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Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) falls under the umbrella of Substance Use DIsorder (SUD). Dependence on alcohol occurs when a person has been regularly misusing alcohol so frequently that the body has built up a tolerance, requiring a larger volume of consumption. Dependence can quickly become an addiction, which is characterized by the inability to stop drinking despite the obvious adverse effects.

Alcohol addiction, colloquially known as Alcoholism, occurs when an individual loses control over their relationship with alcohol. Many will experience withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to abstain from drinking. 

Signs of AUD and withdrawal may include:

  • Increased tolerance to alcohol
  • Irritability without alcohol
  • Alcohol cravings and urges to consume alcohol
  • Headaches and nausea
  • Unsuccessful attempts at stopping use, despite conviction

More severe symptoms of withdrawal may include:

  • Tremors and/or Delirium tremens
  • Nightmares and hallucinations
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Changes in blood pressure and heart rate

*Information contained on this site is intended as a general overview and is NOT to be used as medical advice. Always consult with your physician for medical guidance about symptoms and diagnoses.*

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