Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is one of the most common addictions in the United States. An estimated 16.6 million Americans struggle with the disorder, which is characterized by the harm or distress caused by regular, excessive drinking. When describing alcohol addiction, it’s important to understand some of the keywords used to describe the disorder:
- Binge Drinking: When a person consumes a high amount of alcohol in a single day. The threshold for binge drinking is between 4 and 5 drinks, but people often surpass that amount, ingesting dangerous amounts of alcohol.
- Heavy Drinking: When a person binge drinks (consuming 5 or more drinks), more than 5 times in a single month.
- Alcohol Dependency and Alcohol Abuse: Originally classified as separate disorders, these are now collectively known as an alcohol use disorder.