Alcohol use disorder is a chronic illness marked by alcohol consumption that interferes with physical or mental health, and social, family or job responsibilities. Over time this use can lead to liver, circulatory, and neurological problems. Pregnant women who drink alcohol in any amount may harm the fetus.
Review Date 5/10/2020
Updated by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.