Alcoholism FAQs:

Q: Is alcoholism said to exist when two or more of the following conditions is present: a person drinks large amounts over a long time period?

A: Yes, and has difficulty cutting down, acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time, alcohol is strongly desired, usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, usage results in social problems, usage results in health problems, usage results in risky situations, withdrawal occurs when stopping, and alcohol tolerance has occurred with use.

Q: Is alcoholism three to four times more likely to be alcoholic themselves?

A: Yes.

Q: Is alcoholism considered both a physical and mental illness?

A: Yes.

Q: Is alcoholism commonly used amongst laypeople?

A: Yes, but it is poorly defined.

Q: Is alcoholism well documented?

A: Yes.

Q: Is alcoholism more likely to experience physical or sexual assault?

A: Yes, and abuse and domestic violence than women in the general population, which can lead to higher instances of psychiatric disorders and greater dependence on alcohol.

Q: Is alcoholism characterised by an increased tolerance to alcohol–which means that an individual can consume more alcohol–and physical dependence on alcohol?

A: Yes, and which makes it hard for an individual to control their consumption.

Q: Is alcoholism associated with loss of employment?

A: Yes, and which can lead to financial problems.

Q: Is alcoholism also more likely to begin drinking at an earlier age than average?

A: Yes.

Q: Is alcoholism serious?

A: Yes, and caused by the pathological changes in the brain and the intoxicating effects of alcohol.

Q: Is alcoholism 50–60 percent genetically determined?

A: Yes, and leaving 40–50 percent for environmental influences.