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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

Tim Allen/Image by Alan LightAlcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence, is a disease that includes the following four symptoms:

  • Craving--A strong need, or urge, to drink.
  • Loss of control--Not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun.
  • Physical dependence--Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking. 
  • Tolerance--The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get "high." 

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