Classification and external resources
Alcohol abuse, as described in the DSM-IV, is a psychiatric diagnosis describing the use of alcoholic beverages despite negative consequences. The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (most commonly known by the abbreviation ICD) provides codes to classify Diseases The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision ( ICD -10) is a coding of diseases and signs symptoms abnormal findings The 2007 version of the ICD is available online at http//wwwwho The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (most commonly known by the abbreviation ICD) provides codes to classify Diseases The following is a list of codes for International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders' ( DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association It is differentiated from alcohol dependence by the lack of symptoms such as tolerance and withdrawal. Alcohol dependence, as described in the DSM-IV, is a psychiatric diagnosis describing a Physical dependence on alcohol. Drug tolerance occurs when a subject's reaction to a Psychoactive drug (such as a painkiller or intoxicant decreases so that larger doses are required to achieve the same effect Withdrawal, also known as withdrawal/abstinence syndrome, refers to the characteristic signs and symptoms that appear when a drug that causes Physical dependence is Alcohol abuse is sometimes referred to by the less specific term alcoholism. Alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions However, many definitions of alcoholism exist, and only some are compatible with alcohol abuse.
There are currently approximately 9 million alcoholics in the United States alone, with comparable numbers in other countries. According to Max Fisher, the author of How I Stopped Drinking, there is little if any difference between the terms alcohol abuse, alcoholic, and alcoholism. Or, significant correlations exist between alcohol abuse and other substance abuse disorders. 
Treatment can vary for Alcohol Abuse but there are many programs that exist from prevention to age and gender specific rehab centers.  Many times there are abuse issues associated with alcoholism and group treatment entirely composed of women, for example, can help tend to issues surrounding male abusers. Rehabilitation centers are recommended for detoxification as there can be serious physical effects, including death, if treated improperly.
|Alcohol and Health|
|Short-term effects of alcohol|
|Long-term effects of alcohol|
|Alcohol and cardiovascular disease|
|Alcoholic liver disease|
|Alcohol and cancer|
|Alcohol and weight|
|Fetal alcohol syndrome|
|Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder|
|Blackout (alcohol-related amnesia)|
|Recommended maximum intake of alcoholic beverages|