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What health problems can alcohol use disorder lead to?

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Alcohol use disorder is a potentially fatal disease, characterized by cravings, tolerance (needing more), physical dependence, and loss of control over consuming alcohol. Damage to your live that can lead to cirrhosis (scarred liver) is also likely.

Other risks include depression, stomach bleeds, pancreatitis, high blood pressure, heart failure, numbness and tingling in your feet, changes in your brain, and greater chance of infection.

The disease can also lead to impotence in men, damage to the fetus in pregnant women, and an elevated risk of cancer of the larynx, esophagus, liver, breast, stomach, pancreas, and upper gastrointestinal tract.

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association:  5th edition, 2013.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Alcohol Abuse , Psychiatric Annuls 2005. 

Combs, R. , Wiley, 2004.  Handbook of Addictive Disorders: A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

Littleton, J. . 2003. American Journal of Addiction

UpToDate.

The Alcoholism Guide (http://www.the-alcoholism-guide.org/cage-questionnaire.html).

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Vol. 35, 2016.

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 02, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association:  5th edition, 2013.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Alcohol Abuse , Psychiatric Annuls 2005. 

Combs, R. , Wiley, 2004.  Handbook of Addictive Disorders: A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

Littleton, J. . 2003. American Journal of Addiction

UpToDate.

The Alcoholism Guide (http://www.the-alcoholism-guide.org/cage-questionnaire.html).

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Vol. 35, 2016.

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 02, 2019

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