Alcohol is a legal, recreational substance that many adults consume safely and responsibly. However, because wine, beer, and liquor are easily available and socially acceptable, alcohol is a substance that is frequently misused. In fact, a recent study indicates that 1 in 8 American adults is a person with alcohol use disorder.
Alcohol use disorder occurs when drinking habits disrupt or affect daily life, and use continues despite causing problems. Long-term alcohol misuse can lead to serious health complications or even death.
Knowing the facts, signs, and treatment options for alcohol use disorder can help protect you and the people you care about.