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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Alcoholism is an addiction to alcohol that results in significant mental or physical health problems.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Involuntary movements

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Altered mental status (delirium)

  • Palpitation

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

Possible causes

  • Alcohol usage disorder

    Alcohol use disorder is a condition with continued heavy and/or frequent alcohol use despite mental, social or physical problems. It is sometimes referred to as alcoholism.

  • Alcohol dependence / delirium tremens

    A condition where the patient is dependent on alcohol and will experience withdrawal symptoms if he/she does not have a drink. These withdrawal symptoms can be mild (e.g., irritation, sleeplessness) or severe (confusion, coma, and seizures).

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you overuse alcohol despite the problems it causes?

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  • Diamond I, Messing RO. Neurologic effects of alcoholism. West J Med. 1994 Sep;161(3):279-87. PMID: 7975567; PMCID: PMC1011410.

  • Lieber CS. Medical disorders of alcoholism. N Engl J Med. 1995 Oct 19;333(16):1058-65. doi: 10.1056/NEJM199510193331607. PMID: 7675050.

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