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Alcohol dependence


  1. Alcohol dependence a.k.a. Alcoholism is a broad term for problems with alcohol, and generally refers to alcohol addiction, which is the compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcoholic beverages, usually to the detriment of the drinker's health, personal relationships, and social standing. It is medically considered a disease, specifically an addictive illness. In psychiatry several other terms have been used, specifically "alcohol abuse", "alcohol dependence," and "alcohol use disorder" which have slightly different definitions. Alcohol misuse has the potential to damage almost every organ in the body, including the brain. The cumulative toxic effects of chronic alcohol abuse can cause both medical and psychiatric problems. One who has alcoholism is called an alcoholic.
  2. Alcohol dependence is a substance-related disorder in which an individual is physically or psychologically dependent upon drinking alcohol. In certain diagnostic models, the term has a broader definition that also includes other alcohol use-related disorders as well.
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Google previewAddiction Medicine (2009)

by Noeline Latt

Alcohol dependence is a serious and lingering disorder with a remitting and relapsing course, in which there is strong psycho-physiological drive to consume alcohol and to do so even in the face of serious alcoholrelated harm.

Google previewInterventions For Addiction (2013)

Chapter 39. Naltrexone and Opioid Antagonists for Alcohol Dependence by Helen M. Pettinati, William D. Dundon, María José Casares López

Alcohol dependence is a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by diminished control over the consumption of alcohol resulting in significant personal, social, and occupational consequences. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of ...

Google previewFactors mediating performance monitoring in humans – from context to personality

by Patrizia Thoma, Christian Bellebaum

Keywords: cue exposure, inhibition, inferior frontal cortex, alcohol dependence INTRODUCTION Alcohol dependence is a condition characterizing the concerned person by a “persisting substance use despite clear evidence of overtly harmful ...

Google previewTreatment of Substance Use Disorders (2013)

by Kevin Sevarino

Alcohol dependence is a chronic disorder that results from a variety of genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors (Morse & Flavin, 1992). As defined by the American Psychiatric Association (1994) in the ...

Google previewClinical Drug Therapy, Rationales for Nursing Practice (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Alcohol dependence: Alcohol dependence is a psychiatric diagnosis (a substance related disorder DSMIV) describing an entity in which an individual uses alcohol despite significant areas of dysfunction, evidence of physical dependence, ...

Google previewClinical Companion: Medical-Surgical Nursing (2014)

by Gayle McKenzie, Tanya Porter

Alcohol dependence (alcoholism) Alcohol dependence is a progressive illness that is identified by problems with controlling alcohol intake, a preoccupation with alcohol, drinking more to get the desired effect, and experience of withdrawal ...

Google previewNeuroimaging Pharmacopoeia (2015)

by Daniel Thomas Ginat, Juan E. Small, Pamela Whitney Schaefer

Nevertheless, alcoholis one of the most commonly abused substances, and alcohol dependence is a major cause of disease burden. Alcohol in the form of ethanol can be used for sclerotherapy, but this is beyond the scope of the chapter .

Google previewAlcohol Abuse Treatment (2012)

by Ronald R. Watson

In all the models just described there is the clear implication that recovery from alcohol dependence is a process. Recovery occurs over time, involves a series of changes and is influenced by a variety of factors. However, none of the models ...

Google previewABC of Alcohol (2015)

by Anne McCune, Alexander Paton, Robin Touquet

Alcohol dependence is a neurobiological syndrome of disregulated consumption, which comprises a 'driving force' to continue drinking – despite the consequences. • Alcohol has a unique capacity among psychoactive substances to cause ...

Google previewAlcohol Problems in the Community (2002)

by Larry Harrison

noted that the belief held by many social workers that alcohol dependence is a medical problem which requires specialist medical treatment, is combined with the absence of a legislative framework which would enable ...

Google previewThe Approved Mental Health Professional's Guide to Psychiatry and Medication (2009)

by Robert Brown, Gwen Adshead, Alan Pollard

Alcohol dependence is a risk factor for violence. If a patient with paranoid psychotic symptoms also has an anti-social personality disorder and ...

Google previewClinical Pharmacology (2007)

With STUDENTCONSULT Access by Peter N. Bennett, Morris J. Brown

Alcohol dependence is a complex disorder with ...

Google previewResearch on the Neurobiology of Alcohol Use Disorders (2008)

by Leo Sher

Alcohol dependence is a complex disorder with a well documented highly hereditary nature. Rapid advancements in genetic knowledge have provided a wealth of data demonstrating a significant contribution of genes to the interindividual ...

Google previewAlcoholic Thinking (1998)

Language, Culture, and Belief in Alcoholics Anonymous by Danny M. Wilcox

The first thing it provides to the individual seeking help with alcohol dependence is a place to go where no drinking is taking place and the ...

Google previewChurchill Livingstone Medical Dictionary (2008)

by Chris Brooker

alcohol dependence/misuse Nasopharynx Oropharynx Epiglottis to faulty development of the intrahepatic bile ducts. It may be associated with pulmonary stenosis and other heart defects, and abnormalities affecting the eyes and nervous ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stress: A-D (2000)

alcohol dependence The DSM-IV criteria include a failure to control ...

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

Symptoms Alcohol dependence is associated with three or more of the following symptoms: □ Social withdrawal □ Increased tolerance for alcohol □ Persistent desire to cut down □ Drinking more alcohol than desired □ Time spent getting, ...

Google previewThe A-Z Encyclopedia of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (2002)

by Thomas Nordegren

alcohol dependence, opioid dependence) .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (2009)

by Gary L. Fisher, Nancy A. Roget

These changes made in DSM-III and DSM-III-R were largely based on Edwards and Gross's alcohol dependence syndrome. Like Edwards and Gross's work, the DSM took a descriptive approach, avoiding the issue of how addiction develops.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research (2006)

by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Meredith Wallace

DONNAFICK Alcohol Dependence The ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health (2011)

by James M. Rippe, MD

Over time, sometimes many years, such alcohol abuse may progress into an alcohol dependence problem. Often, the transition from drinking to alcohol abuse , and finally to alcohol dependence, may take anywhere from 8 to 15 years. On the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women and Gender

0c Alcohol dependence 1.9c 2.6c aKessler, R. C., Crum, R. M., Warner, L. A., et al.

Google previewBlack's Medical Dictionary (2005)

by Bloomsbury Publishing

Alcohol Dependence 23 intake, 'binge' drinking, and dependence (alcoholism). The first pattern usually leads to mainly physical problems such as gastritis, peptic ulcer, liver disease, heart disease and impotence. The second is most common ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Psychopharmacology (2010)

by Ian Stolerman

Cross-References ▷ Acetaldehyde Alcohol Dependence Synonyms Alcoholism Definition Alcohol dependence is characterized as a maladaptive pattern of drinking, leading to clinically significant impairment, as manifested by a compulsion ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stress (2000)

alcohol dependence The DSM-IV criteria include a failure to control ...

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