Alcohol Abuse Directory
While not every drink is a problem, alcoholism or alcohol use disorder can lead to serious health problems including high blood pressure; brain, heart, and liver damage; and cancer. Alcoholism is a progressive, potentially fatal disease, characterized by an incessant craving for, increased tolerance of, physical dependence upon, and loss of control over drinking alcohol. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about alcohol abuse, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
The Basics of Alcohol Abuse
WebMD takes a look at alcohol use disorder, including causes, symptoms, and health risks.
Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse
You may know alcohol use disorder as “alcohol abuse,” alcohol dependence,” or “alcoholism.” How can you know if you have it?
Alcohol Use Disorder
Just because you drink doesn't mean you have alcohol use disorder. Find out how to know if you have it.
Binge drinking is defined as excessive alcohol use in a short amount of time, usually more than five drinks. Learn about the signs, prevention, and adverse health effects of binge drinking.
When Alcohol Becomes a Problem
Alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) are probably the most common mental disorders in the United States: Nearly one person in seven suffers from an AUD at some time in his or her life.
When You Don't Drink But Your Friends Do
Tips on how to stay sober in social situations where other people are drinking.
Am I a High-Functioning Alcoholic? Know the Signs
How can you tell whether regular drinking is actually problem drinking? High-functioning alcoholics may not seem to need help at first.
Rehab for Treating Addiction
When you can’t kick drugs or alcohol, special hospitals -- known as rehabilitation facilities (rehab for short) -- may be your best bet.