Lush. Rummy. Stewbum. Tosspot. Drunkard. Alcoholic. They all amount to the same thing: colloquial descriptions of an individual who suffers from Alcohol Use Disorder, or AUD. Medically, AUD is defined as “problem drinking that becomes severe … a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a…

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It’s usually in those bleary-eyed minutes after the overhead lights come on in the bar, when the clock hands are somewhere south of midnight but north of 6 a.m., that those of us who have a drinking problem start to consider just how bad it might be. If it’s the third or fourth or fifth…

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How much is too much? When does drinking cross the line from social lubricant to problematic intoxicant? Those who imbibe too much know that line is out there, but often they don’t recognize it until they’ve already crossed it. Alcoholism isn’t a sudden onset disease; alcoholics don’t wake up one morning to discover that they’ve…

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