What Is Alcoholism? Risk Factors, Symptoms & Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Samantha Miller, MBChB

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Consuming alcohol is a socially accepted activity. From happy hours to family gatherings, alcoholic beverages are a common staple at social events geared toward adults. However, alcohol consumption is not without risk. That is, some individuals may consume an unhealthy amount of alcohol, or find that they are living with an addiction to it. With this in mind, we are taking a look at alcohol-related disorders, including alcoholism, which, oftentimes, are illnesses that folks are not entirely aware of, even if they are actively impacting their lives and health.