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What are warning signs of alcohol use disorder?

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You may have an alcohol use disorder if you:

  • Drink more, or longer, than you plan to
  • Have tried to cut back or stop more than once and couldn’t
  • Spend a lot of time drinking, being sick, or hungover
  • Want alcohol so badly you can’t think of anything else
  • Have problems with work, school, relationships, or family because of alcohol
  • Keep having alcohol even though it made you depressed or anxious, hurt your health, or led to a memory blackout
  • Have withdrawal symptoms when the buzz wears off, like trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart, a seizure, or seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren't there.

From: Do I Have an Alcohol Problem? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Psychology Today: "What Are the Eleven Symptoms of "Alcohol Use Disorder"?

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM-IV and DSM-5," "What Is A Standard Drink?"

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 01, 2017

SOURCES: 

Psychology Today: "What Are the Eleven Symptoms of "Alcohol Use Disorder"?

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM-IV and DSM-5," "What Is A Standard Drink?"

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 01, 2017

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