Alcoholism (including alcohol dependence, ethylism, dipsomania, potomania, alcoholism, drunkenness, alcoholism or alcohol abuse disorder) is the addiction to the psychotropic substance ethanol, The mental and / or physical dependence of alcohol is mostly a social and human problem of the individual, but experience has a negative effect on his environment such as family and work. In the course of history there have been and still are repeated prohibitions on alcohol in various forms in individual countries or even in entire cultural areas such as Islam, alcohol abuse or even in principle the alcohol consumption for various reasons by strict prohibition to stop. A significant example of the dubious success of alcohol bans is the prohibition in the United States from 1920 to 1933.
The border is fluid - there is no measurable no / yes point. After Prof. dr. Wilhelm Feuerlein (Head of the Psychiatric Polyclinic, Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich and author of recognized standard works) there are five definition criteria from a clinical point of view. These include 1. abnormal drinking behavior, 2. somatic alcohol-related harm, 3. psychosocial alcohol-related harm, 4. development of tolerance and withdrawal syndrome (physical alcohol dependency), and finally 5. development of "withdrawal syndromes on the subjective level" in extreme cases total loss of control, as well as the centering of the thinking and pursuit of alcohol (mental Alhohol dependence).
If only the first four criteria are fulfilled, one speaks of alcohol abuse (alcohol abuse), with the fifth criterion of alcohol dependency. According to estimates by the German National Center Against Addiction Dangers, around eight million Germans (10%) are considered to be in danger of alcohol, of which 2.5 million are alcoholics. 20% of occupational accidents and 20% of traffic deaths are due to alcohol. These data can be proportionately converted to the number of inhabitants of Austria (almost 9 million).
A typological classification is by Professor EM Jellinek. The US psychiatrist is considered the "pope" of alcoholism research; his major work "The disease concept...