What is Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)?

Alcohol use disorder (AUD), previously called alcohol addiction, occurs when a person excessively drinks on a regular basis and cannot control their alcohol use. Someone with an AUD also experiences physical alcohol dependence and severe withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking abruptly.

In some cases, small daily amounts of alcohol offer health benefits. For example, drinking one glass of red wine each night delivers antioxidants that can help reduce your risk of heart disease and lowers bad cholesterol.

When alcohol consumption exceeds moderate amounts and begins to take over your life, it no longer offers these health benefits. Over time, excessive alcohol consumption often leads to an alcohol use disorder (alcohol addiction).

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