Alcoholism is a term given to the most severe form of alcohol abuse and describes an inability to manage drinking habits. Alcohol use disorder can occur at different levels — mild, moderate or severe — and those with alcohol dependence can find it almost impossible to function normally without alcohol.
Alcohol use disorder can impact every area of your life. It will have a negative impact on your relationships, particularly with close family and friends. You’ll struggle to reach professional goals and deal with personal matters. Your overall physical and mental health will also suffer.
So, how do people develop a drinking problem? For some, it starts drinking for stress relief after a busy day at work. Others want to feel good and relax when they’re out with friends. Some people drink to mask the symptoms of an underlying mental health condition or to help them deal with loss or trauma.