Most people are capable of drinking alcohol without causing any problems and without getting any health consequenses while others over consume and end up in risky and hazardous situations.
Abuse is at hand if one out of the following three criteria is fullfilled during the same 12 months period:
- Unablility to fulfill obligations at work or at home.
- Repeated drinking habits leading to risk of physical injury, such as drunk driving.
- Repeated problems with the justice system. Continous drinking in spite of recurrent problems of social or interpersonal nature.