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Alcoholism is the addiction to the consumption of alcoholic beverages or the mental health issues and compulsive behaviors that result from alcohol dependency. Genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors contribute to the influence of this chronic disease. People with alcoholism display many signs, but the symptoms vary from one person to the next.

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1. What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is also known as alcohol dependence. The disease includes four general symptoms: craving, loss of control, physical addiction, and tolerance. People with the disease tend to have a strong urge to drink, are not able to stop drinking, and need to drink higher amounts of alcohol than others. They are also prone to withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after they stop drinking.

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