Alcoholism is a disease that includes four symptoms:

  1. Craving - a strong need, or compulsion, to drink.
  2. Loss of control - the inability to limit one's drinking on any given occasion.
  3. Physical dependence - withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety that occur after alcohol use has stopped or after a period of heavy drinking.
  4. Tolerance - the need to drink more alcohol in order to reach the "buzz."

Get Help

Treatment or support can help a person quit drinking and rebuild their life. Identifying and accepting a drinking problem could be one of the greatest barriers to getting help. For more information or to get help visit Student Counseling Services. Additional resources include: