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What is an alcohol use disorder?

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2021 | blog, DUI |

Many people suffer from an alcohol use disorder. According to Mayo Clinic, alcohol use disorder involves trouble controlling drinking. If you feel your drinking caused significant issues, such as DUI charges, you may need to consider treatment for an alcohol use disorder.

Understanding the disorder can help you identify it.

Causes of alcohol use disorder

What causes alcohol use disorder? Some people who suffer from the disorder have a genetic predisposition. You may notice other members of your family struggle with drinking or they may have other addiction disorders. In addition to genetic factors, psychological and social factors can impact your relationship with drinking.

If you begin drinking at an early age or drink too much regularly, you may develop a disorder. Many people use alcohol to treat depression and other mental health problems.

Symptoms of alcohol use disorder

Alcohol use disorder can be a mild case, moderate or severe. If you cannot limit the amount you drink or unsuccessfully try to cut the amount you drink, you may have a developing problem. As the problem grows, you may have difficulty fulfilling your obligations at work. You may need to drink more to feel intoxicated as you drink more. Additionally, you may find yourself drinking in dangerous situations, such as when you drive.

One of the moderate or severe symptoms is withdrawal. If you stop drinking for a short time and experience nausea, shaking or sweating, you have an addiction.

If you feel like you have a problem, you may need to talk with a doctor. Healthy alcohol consumption should not lead to charges against you.

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