Alcohol dependence

Common Name(s)

Alcohol dependence, Alcoholism, Alcohol addiction

Alcoholism means a person is physically or mentally dependent on alcohol. It is a serious medical condition. People with alcoholism often struggle to live normal lives. They may try to hide their problem. Yet drinking too much alcohol can lead to poor life choices such as drinking and driving. Alcohol can cause serious health consequences. Symptoms of alcoholism may include not being able to stop drinking or having a hard time controlling how much you drink, needing more alcohol to feel good, spending a lot of time drinking and recovering from drinking, giving up other activities so you can drink, and withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking or wait too long between drinks. Withdrawal symptoms may include feeling sick to your stomach, sweating, shakiness and anxiety. Alcoholism may interfere with your relationships and your ability to perform your job.

Alcoholism may be caused by a variety of factors. Genetic, psychological, social and environmental factors may all be part of the cause. Risk factors include steady drinking over time or binge drinking on a regular basis, starting to drink alcohol at a young age, a family history of alcoholism, and suffering from depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety. Alcoholism increases your risk for developing liver damage (cirrhosis), digestive problems, heart problems, sexual dysfunction, birth defects, bone loss, neurological complications and complications with diabetes. Alcoholism can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of certain cancers. Talk to your doctor if you or a family member may have an alcohol addiction. They may ask you a series of questions to determine if you are addicted to alcohol and to rule out other conditions. There are a variety of treatments to help you stop drinking including both inpatient and outpatient programs and private and group counseling. Your doctor can help you decide the best treatment plan for you.

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National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and its Affiliate Network is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting the Nation's #1 health problem -- alcoholism, drug addiction and the devastating consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families and communities.

Last Updated: 8 Jul 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Alcohol dependence" for support, advocacy or research.

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National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and its Affiliate Network is a voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting the Nation's #1 health problem -- alcoholism, drug addiction and the devastating consequences of alcohol and other drugs on individuals, families and communities.

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Last Updated: 8 Jul 2015

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Alcohol dependence" returned 794 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Case control study of ANKK1 Taq 1A polymorphism in patients with alcohol dependence classified according to Lesch's typology.
 

Author(s): Agnieszka Samochowiec, Magdalena Chęć, Edyta Kopaczewska, Jerzy Samochowiec, Otto Lesch, Andrzej Jasiewicz, Elżbieta Grochans, Marcin Jabłoński, Przemysław Bieńkowski, Łukasz Kołodziej, Anna Grzywacz

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The aim of this study was to examine the association between the Taq 1A polymorphism of the ANKK1 gene in homogeneous subgroups of patients with alcohol dependence syndrome divided according to Lesch's typology.

Last Updated: 16 May 2016

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Occipital event-related potentials to addiction-related stimuli in detoxified patients with alcohol dependence, and their association with three-month relapse.
 

Author(s): Carolin Matheus-Roth, Ingmar Schenk, Jens Wiltfang, Norbert Scherbaum, Bernhard W Müller

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Understanding the biological underpinnings of relapse in alcohol dependency is a major issue in addiction research. Based on recent evidence regarding the relevance of occipital visual evoked response potentials (ERPs) in addiction research, and its significance for relapse research, ...

Last Updated: 22 Mar 2016

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Risk for exercise dependence, eating disorder pathology, alcohol use disorder and addictive behaviors among clients of fitness centers.
 

Author(s): Astrid Müller, Sabine Loeber, Johanna Söchtig, Bert Te Wildt, Martina De Zwaan

Journal: J Behav Addict. 2015 Dec;4(4):273-80.

 

Exercise dependence (EXD) is considered a behavioral addiction that is often associated with eating disorders. To date, only few studies examined the potential overlap between EXD and other addictive behaviors. Therefore, the present study aimed at investigating the relationship of ...

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2015

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The terms "Alcohol dependence" returned 95 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Risks and Benefits of Nalmefene in the Treatment of Adult Alcohol Dependence: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis of Published and Unpublished Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trials.
 

Author(s): Clément Palpacuer, Bruno Laviolle, Rémy Boussageon, Jean Michel Reymann, Eric Bellissant, Florian Naudet

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Nalmefene is a recent option in alcohol dependence treatment. Its approval was controversial. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the aggregated data (registered as PROSPERO 2014:CRD42014014853) to compare the harm/benefit of nalmefene versus placebo or active comparator ...

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2015

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Should naltrexone be the first-line medicine to treat alcohol dependence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations? An Australian perspective.
 

Author(s): Jonathan Brett, Rowena Ivers, Michael Doyle, Leanne Lawrence, Kate Conigrave

Journal: Aust Fam Physician. 2015 ;44(11):815-9.

 

There is a pressing need to improve alcohol treatment services for Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander peoples with alcohol dependence. One component of treatment is the use of medicines including naltrexone and acamprosate. Access to these medicines among the general drinking population ...

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2015

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How Imaging Glutamate, γ-Aminobutyric Acid, and Dopamine Can Inform the Clinical Treatment of Alcohol Dependence and Withdrawal.
 

Author(s): Ansel T Hillmer, Graeme F Mason, Lisa M Fucito, Stephanie S O'Malley, Kelly P Cosgrove

Journal: Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res.. 2015 Dec;39(12):2268-82.

 

Neuroimaging studies have dramatically advanced our understanding of the neurochemical basis of alcohol dependence, a major public health issue. In this paper, we review the research generated from neurochemical specific imaging modalities including magnetic resonance spectroscopy, ...

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2016

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Citicoline for Alcohol Dependence
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alcohol Dependence

 

Last Updated: 21 Jun 2016

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Treatment for Alcohol Dependence With Gabapentin
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alcohol Dependence

 

Last Updated: 9 Jun 2016

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Study of Familiarity in Alcohol Dependence
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alcohol Dependence

 

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2016

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