Alcohol use disorder means having unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits, such as drinking every day or drinking too much at a time. It can range from mild to severe. The more signs you have, the more severe the disorder may be. Moderate to severe alcohol use disorder is sometimes called addiction.
When you have alcohol use disorder, you continue to drink even though you know your drinking is causing problems. You have a strong need, or craving, to drink. You feel like you must drink just to get by. It can harm your relationships, cause you to miss work, and lead to legal problems such as driving while drunk (intoxicated).
Alcohol use disorder is a long-term (chronic) disease. It's not a weakness or a lack of willpower. Like many other diseases, it has a course that can be predicted, has known symptoms, and is influenced by your genes and your life situation.
Here at MindSet Healthcare we assist clients with medications such as Naltrexone and Vivitrol. Please inquire if this is something that either you or someone else can benefit from.