Alcohol use disorder (AUD) refers to a cluster of cognitive, behavioral, and physiological symptoms associated with the loss of or impaired control of alcohol consumption, impairment resulting from drinking, risky use of alcohol (e.g., while driving a vehicle or operating machinery), and physiological dependence (referred to as alcoholism or alcohol addiction). Alcohol use is common among various age groups in the United States; alcohol is used to socialize, relax, and celebrate, among other reasons. However, problematic alcohol use can result in various medical, psychological, social, spiritual, and financial problems for the individual, family, and society. This entry first presents information on alcohol consumption and its consequences. Then, the entry examines various factors of alcohol-related disorders. The entry concludes with a discussion of treatment and ...

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