The DSM-5 Lists 11 Criteria of Alcohol Use Disorder
Symptoms of Alcoholism
Alcoholism, which has previously been known as alcohol dependence syndrome and more recently as simply alcohol dependence, has now been given the official diagnosis of a severe alcohol use disorder (AUD).
No matter what medically-correct name it goes by, alcoholism is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as a "chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using."
In other words, there is no simple, single sign that someone is an alcoholic, it is a combination of several symptoms that may change or increase in intensity as the disorder continues to progress in someone's life.
These articles below provide more insight into what alcoholism is exactly.
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