Alcoholism is a progressive, chronic illness and in many cases can be fatal when the consumption of alcoholic drinks is out of control. It interferes with physical, mental, social and/or family health in addition to work responsibilities.
There is a well-defined cause of alcoholism, but there are risk factors that can play an important role in its development. It is in fact a bio psychosocial disease with various causes:
The consequences of alcoholism can affect different areas of life of the addict:
Alcoholism is a disease which can be treated. See the page about substance addiction treatment.
El alcoholismo es una enfermedad que tiene tratamiento. Ver la página de tratamiento de adicción a sustancias.