Medications for Alcoholism
An illness marked by consumption of alcoholic beverages at a level that interferes with physical or mental health, and social, family, or occupational responsibilities. People with alcohol dependence, the most severe alcohol disorder, usually experience tolerance (a need for markedly increased amounts of alcohol to achieve intoxication or the desired effect), and withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is discontinued or intake is decreased. They also spend a great deal of time drinking alcohol, and obtaining it. Alcohol abusers are "problem drinkers", that is, they may have legal problems, such as drinking and driving, or binge drinking (drinking six or more drinks on one occasion). People who are dependent on or abuse alcohol return to its use despite evidence of physical or psychological problems, though those with dependence have more severe problems and a greater compulsion to drink.
Frequently asked questions
- Does acamprosate make you sick if you drink alcohol?
- How long does it take for acamprosate to work?
- Is naltrexone a controlled substance?
- Does acamprosate cause weight gain?
- What is the mechanism of action for naltrexone?
- How does acamprosate work?
- How and where is the Vivitrol injection given?
Topics under Alcoholism
Learn more about Alcoholism
- Abuse of Alcohol
- Alcohol Dependence
- Alcohol Intoxication
- Alcohol Use Disorder
- Alcohol Withdrawal
- Altered Mental Status
- At-Risk Alcohol Use
Symptoms and treatments
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