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Defined by the amount and frequency of drinking:
More than 14 drinks* a week or 4 drinks per occasion for men
More than 7 drinks a week or 3 drinks per occasion for women
5 or more drinks per occasion for men
4 or more drinks per occasion for women
Can go on for many days, followed by no or little alcohol for several days
A particular problem in younger people
Alcohol use disorder
Prevents people from fulfilling their obligations
Is done in physically dangerous situations (such as driving)
Results in legal, social, or interpersonal problems
More and more alcohol needed to produce the same effects (tolerance)
Stopping drinking results in unpleasant, sometimes painful, physical symptoms ( withdrawal Detoxification and rehabilitation Alcohol (ethanol) is a depressant (it slows down brain and nervous system functioning). Consuming large amounts rapidly or regularly can cause health problems, including organ damage, coma,... read more )
Drinking more than intended
Reducing use desired but not possible
Spending a lot of time getting or drinking alcohol or recovering from its effects
Missing important events or activities (such as work, a wedding, or a graduation) because of drinking
Continuing to drink even though drinking is causing physical or psychologic problems
* One drink is equivalent to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1½ ounces of liquor, such as whiskey.