Millions of people throughout the country either currently struggling with alcohol problems or have had some type of alcohol use disorder in the past. Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances, despite being legal to consume for people over the age of 21. It his responsible for thousands of deaths each year due to drinking and driving as well as other accidents, injuries and assaults by people under the influence.
More than 6.5% percent of the population in America aged 12 or older were dependent on or abused alcohol within the previous year. Young adults aged 18–25 had the highest percentage of alcohol dependence or abuse. While it appears that younger people have shown a slight decrease in alcohol abuse, older Americans have shown an increase.
When someone develops a drinking problem, it is now called an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Well over 15 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder of one kind or another each year. Some of these types of consumption problems include binge drinking, heavy drinking and full-blown alcoholism.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), people who meet two or more criteria within a year can be diagnosed as having an AUD, with variations in severity.
These questions include whether or not you have done this within the last 12 months:
- Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended?
- More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
- Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over the aftereffects?
- Experienced craving — a strong need, or urge, to drink?
- Found that drinking — or being sick from drinking — often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
- Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
- Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
- More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
- Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
- Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?
- Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating? Or sensed things that were not there?
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