What does it mean if an individual is physically dependent on alcohol? It means that the individual is an alcoholic, or is addicted to alcohol. Is alcohol addictive? Yes it is. In the United States itself, approximately 18 million people have been diagnosed with an alcohol abuse disorder and research shows that over 70% of people who have developed dependence on alcohol experience physical dependence that lasts about 3 to 4 years.
When an individual drinks to the extent that their drinking causes any type of problem, then it’s likely that they can be diagnosed with alcohol use disorder, which is a medical condition. There are two different forms of problem drinking.
It is difficult to estimate how long it might take an individual to develop a physical addiction to alcohol. There seems to be no consensus among medical professionals on this issue, and the factors and timeline differ according to the individual. However, there are some common signs of alcohol addiction, including:
The first step for the individual before treatment can begin is for them to admit they have an alcohol problem. Once they have taken that first step and want to get sober, there are many different treatment options available to them.
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