Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a chronic condition characterized by an individual's inability to control their alcohol consumption despite adverse consequences. Drug addiction, or substance use disorder (SUD), is a chronic condition characterized by the compulsive use of drugs, including illicit substances and prescription medications, despite harmful consequences.

Common Symptoms of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Physical dependence (experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking), tolerance (needing more alcohol to achieve the desired effect), neglecting personal or professional responsibilities due to drinking, and continued alcohol use despite its negative impact on relationships and health. Loss of control over drug use, withdrawal symptoms when not using, tolerance, neglect of responsibilities, and continued drug use despite negative consequences.

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