Alcoholic behavior can range from the moderate to the severe. If drinking has become a problem that continues despite the development of social, legal, or health problems," it is considered alcohol abuse, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Here are some examples of behaviors inherent to alcohol abuse:
If alcoholic abuse worsens, it progresses to alcohol dependence or alcoholism. NIH data show the disease is marked by the following mix of emotional, psychological, and physical symptoms.
Not every problem drinker will become an alcoholic. Experts recommend that problem drinkers seek help before the drinking escalates into a level of addiction, leading to behaviors that can derail the life of the individual, his or her family, and society.
It’s important to know the risk factors for alcoholism:
In fact, colleges across the country have become increasingly aware that a culture of drinking has developed on many campuses.
According to a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism fact sheet, the consequences of excessive drinking by college students are more significant, more destructive, and more costly than many parents realize. Drinking by college students aged 18 to 24 contributes to an estimated 1,700 student deaths, 599,000 injuries, and 97,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape each year.
Recognizing these alarming facts, along with the fact that people who begin drinking at a young age are more at risk, colleges are developing programs to address the growing problem.