ARE YOU AN ALCOHOLIC?
Alcoholism, also known as “alcohol dependence”, is a disabling addictive disorder. In earlier stages of dependence it is characterized by problems that occur as a result of drinking that include embarrassment over actions while drinking, loss of control while under the influence and a preoccupation with drinking activities.
In the latter, acute stages it is characterized by compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcohol despite its negative effects on the drinker’s health, relationships, and social standing. Problems in the latter stages are a threat to the happiness and well being of the individual and his family, coworkers and the community as a whole.