Alcoholism (alcohol dependence) and alcohol abuse are two different forms of problem drinking.
Alcoholism occurs when a person shows signs of physical addiction to alcohol (for example, tolerance and withdrawal) and continues to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. Alcohol may come to dominate the persons life and relationships.
In alcohol abuse, a persons drinking leads to problems, but not physical addiction.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
There is no known cause of alcohol abuse or alcoholism. The reason why some people drink in a responsible…