By Joe Lettko and Alex Carpenter
How does drinking and Alcoholism affect family and relationships?
Different types of alcoholics
Young Anti-social: 21% of all alcoholics, average 26 years old, most have anti-social personality disorder
Functional: 19% of all alcoholics, middle aged, working adults with stable families, drink every other day with >5 drinks per day
Intermediate: 19% of all alcoholics, start at 17 years old and are alcoholics by 30.
Young Adult: 32% of all alcoholics, drink less often, and binge drink when drinking. These are the partiers
Chronic-Severe 9% of all alcoholics, mostly occurs with divorced men.
Alcoholism - A chronic disease including uncontrolled drinking and preoccupation with alcohol
Cirrhosis - Chronic liver damage from a variety of causes leading to scarring and liver failure
Disorder - A disruption of normal physical or mental functions; a disease or abnormal condition.