Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism represent the number one addiction problem in the world. Alcohol dependence can be due to a number of interconnected factors including genetics, upbringing, emotional health and social environment.
People with a family history of alcohol abuse, or those that associate themselves with heavy drinkers are at an increased risk of developing a dependence to alcohol. People with mental health problems like depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety are particularly vulnerable to developing alcohol addictions.
Considered to be a disease, alcoholism is a disabling disorder characterised by compulsive behaviour and uncontrollable alcohol consumption. The effects of intoxification and the degree to which an abuser of alcohol behaves can vary by psychological and situational factors, as well as tolerance to its use and amount consumed.