Alcohol Use Disorder is a disorder characterised by both alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse. Commonly referred to as alcoholism. Intake of alcohol is a normal social occurrence in western societies. However, it becomes an issue when drinking is excessive and causes harm or distress. Some of the symptoms of alcohol use disorder include cravings for alcohol consumption, increasing tolerance for alcohol and loss of control. People who are affected may experience anxiety and lack self-control to manage the drinking. There is no specific cure for alcohol use disorder and abstinence is found to the best method for this illness. There are three steps to recovery: detoxification, undertaking rehabilitation that covers both therapy and medication and finally maintenance of sobriety.
Psychotherapy, as well as medications, have been found to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of alcohol use disorder.