Chronic Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol use disorder (which includes a level that's sometimes called alcoholism) is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect, or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. Different health risks include:

Accidents and injuries

Heart disease and cardiovascular health


Malnourishment and vitamin deficiencies

Brain damage

Immune system dysfunction

Ulcers and gastrointestinal problems



Liver disease