This category is for patients whose alcohol intake is great enough to damage their physical health, or their personal or social functioning, or when it has become a prerequisite to normal functioning. If the alcoholism is due to another mental disorder, both diagnoses should be made. The following types of alcoholism are recognized:


  1. Episodic excessive drinking
  2. Habitual excessive drinking
  3. Alcohol addiction
  4. Other [and unspecified] alcoholism


See Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence

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