Alcoholism represents several ways in which alcohol has a negative impact on an individual’s life. Normal Development and Epidemiology of Alcohol Abuse III. Excessive drinking is also closely linked to violence, crime, injuries, and a plethora of chronic diseases.
Some alcohol problems are severe and involve substantial consumption of alcohol, which results in multiple physical and psychosocial problems. The relationship of alcohol to health can thus be understood as a continuum.
Because alcohol is a depressant drug, depression is often caused or exacerbated by heavy drinking.
In college students, drinking level has a strong and negative relationship to grade point average.
Harmful drinking is when negative consequences from drinking actually occur.
In addition to adverse effects on physical health and appearance, common types include legal problems, social consequences, damage to relationships, financial problems, and emotional disturbance.
Conclusion In order to understand the problematic use of alcohol, it is helpful first to consider what constitutes a state of health with regard to its use.
Such people obviously have no negative consequences related to their own drinking.
In the extreme, alcohol can produce a withdrawal syndrome stronger and considerably more life-threatening than that associated with heroin addiction.
Other features of alcohol dependence include drinking more or for a longer time than intended, failed attempts to reduce or stop drinking, and foregoing other important activities in favor of drinking.