Excessive alcohol consumption can be diagnosed as a real disease: symptoms, aetiology, short- and long-term effects, associated epidemiology. Suffice it to say that in the last year there were 208 million people with alcohol disorders worldwide (source: WHO); a study of the US population showed that 7% to 10% suffer from alcoholism. But what is… Continue reading Symptoms of excessive alcohol consumption
Excessive alcohol consumption disorder is defined as such by the manual for psychiatric disorders (DSM-5), which gives us an idea of how the so-called ‘alcoholic’ can be defined, a term we often misuse even in an ironic version. An alcohol-addict is defined as an individual who for a prolonged period of time (months) cannot do… Continue reading Alcohol use disorder: what is it and what are the treatments?