The definition of alcoholism or alcohol use disorder can vary, but generally, it refers to a chronic pattern of alcohol consumption that leads to significant physical, psychological, and social problems. Some common signs of alcoholism include:
Drinking more than intended or for longer than intended
Having a strong craving or urge to drink
Developing a tolerance to alcohol
Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit or cut back
Continuing to drink despite negative consequences to one’s health, relationships, or job
If you are concerned about your drinking habits, it may be helpful to speak with a medical or mental health professional for an evaluation and guidance on whether or not you have an alcohol use disorder.