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Alcoholism MeSH Descriptor Data 2023

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human and animal; note entry term ALCOHOLIC INTOXICATION, CHRONIC: do not coordinate with CHRONIC DISEASE; available also are BINGE DRINKING, DRUNKENNESS see ALCOHOLIC INTOXICATION and ALCOHOLICS; acute alcoholic intoxication = ETHANOL /‌pois; consider also ALCOHOL-INDUCED DISORDERS and specifics; index other complications of alcoholism under ALCOHOLISM /‌compl + disease /‌etiol not /‌chem ind; abstinence from alcohol in alcoholism: coordinate with TEMPERANCE
Scope Note
A primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial. Each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic. (Morse & Flavin for the Joint Commission of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and the American Society of Addiction Medicine to Study the Definition and Criteria for the Diagnosis of Alcoholism: in JAMA 1992;268:1012-4)
Entry Term(s)
Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol Dependence
Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcoholic Intoxication, Chronic
Ethanol Abuse
NLM Classification #
WM 274
See Also
Alcohol Deterrents
Alcoholics Anonymous
Psychoses, Alcoholic
Entry Combination
congenital:Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
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Alcoholism Preferred
Alcohol Abuse Related
Alcohol Use Disorder Related
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