L’alcoolisme, consommation progressive puis chronique et excessive de boissons contenant de l’alcool. On suppose que l’alcoolisme est le résultat d’une combinaison de facteurs physiologiques, psychologiques, sociaux et génétiques. Il se caractérise par une dépendance psychologique et physique à l’alcool, ce qui provoque fréquemment des lésions qui peuvent être graves. L’alcoolisme touche les femmes et chez les jeunes. La consommation d’alcool est apparemment en augmentation aux Etats-Unis, en Europe et en Russie, particulièrement depuis 1980. Il en est de même pour les pays en voie de développement.

English translation by community member Zhuyun Maggie Xiao

Alcoholism

Alcoholism, chronic, progressive and excessive consumption of beverages containing alcohol. One assumes that alcoholism is the result of a combination of physiological, psychological, social and genetic factors. It is characterized by psychological and physical dependence on alcohol, which can frequently give rises to damage that can be severe. Alcoholism affects women and young people. Alcohol consumption is apparently increasing in the United States, Europe and Russia, particularly since 1980. The same situation holds in developing countries.

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Alcoholism

Alcoholism, chronic, progressive and excessive consumption of beverages containing alcohol. One assumes that alcoholism is the result of a combination of physiological, psychological, social and genetic factors. It is characterized by psychological and physical dependence on alcohol, which can frequently give rises to damage that can be severe. Alcoholism affects women and young people. Alcohol consumption is apparently increasing in the United States, Europe and Russia, particularly since 1980. The same situation holds in developing countries.

Maggie Xiao Student at Bryn Mawr College, PA, USA