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Even though alcohol is a legal, controlled substance, consuming too much can certainly be a bad thing. It is often hard to find the fine line between having a good time and abuse.
Alcohol is usually categorized by beer, wine, or hard liquor. Since alcohol slows down mental and body processes, you may say and do things that you wouldn’t normally have done being sober.
What is Abuse? Considered a social lubricant, alcohol can make you feel more confident and less likely to care how you are perceived by others. Any type of drinking that results in a negative outcome is technically considered abuse. Here are few examples below:
Addiction to alcohol, known as alcoholism, is evident when someone craves alcohol and needs it to feel “normal”. Some common signs of alcoholism are wanting to stop drinking but can’t, drinking more than intended, developing an intolerance to alcohol, feeling symptoms of withdrawal after discontinued drinking, and putting a drink before personal and professional relationships.
If you drink alcohol to cope with things or to avoid feeling bad, there may be a bigger issue there. Below are some other signs and symptoms of alcoholism