MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Alcohol use disorder is a long-term brain condition in which you cannot stop or manage your drinking, despite the fact that it is negatively impacting your social life, employment, or health.
It is a spectrum that encompasses alcohol abuse, which is defined as drinking with serious effects on a regular basis.
Excessive drinking raises the chance of developing an alcohol use disorder. The condition is characterized by obsessive drinking, a loss of control over alcohol consumption, and a poor emotional state when not drinking.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism lists 11 indications and symptoms that could suggest alcohol use disorder (AUD). If a person exhibits at least two of the 11 signs and symptoms, they may be diagnosed with AUD.
Talk to your doctor or health care provider about treatment options if you are concerned about your own or someone else's alcohol usage. Any of the resources listed below can also assist you.
Minnesota Department of Human Services can be accessed by visiting the link below:
National Helpline 800-662-4357
Individuals and family members dealing with mental or substance use problems, especially alcohol consumption disorder, can call a confidential, free, 24-hour helpline. Referrals to area treatment institutions, support groups, and community-based organizations are made through this program. Both English and Spanish versions of the information are available.
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
This service is a confidential and anonymous source of information for anyone seeking treatment for substance abuse/addiction or mental health disorders in the United States or U.S. Territories. It is accessible through https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/.
Learn how to get into treatment for alcohol or drug use. Options are available if you are worried about treatment and assistance costs.