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What is alcohol dependence?

Alcohol dependence is a disorder that includes three or more of the following symptoms: 

  • tolerance
  • withdrawal
  • inability to limit amount consumed or time spent drinking
  • desire or unsuccessful attempts to reduce drinking
  • great deal of time spent drinking or recovering from effects of alcohol
  • neglect of important life activities because of drinking
  • continued drinking despite the realization that alcohol is causing or making worse a physical or psychological problem

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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