Disease Information for Alcoholism, chronic: Definition

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  • A primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations; The disease is often progressive and fatal; It is characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial; Each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic; All systems at risk but include pancreas, liver, brain, nervous system, heart and gut.

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