How Is Alcohol Dependence Diagnosed?
Unlike physical illnesses, there are no physical exams used to diagnose alcohol dependence. However, long-term alcohol abuse can cause liver damage. Alcohol dependence is diagnosed by a psychological evaluation. This kind of examination will consist of questions about your alcohol use. Questions could include:
- How many units of alcohol do you consume per week?
- How frequently do you consume alcohol? (Every day, every second day, etc.)
- Have you ever suffered an injury due to alcohol consumption?