Alcoholism Symptoms - Abuse or Dependence?

Often the signs of alcohol abuse are very similar to alcoholism symptoms, yet ultimately, these two conditions are unique. While alcohol abuse is an unhealthy pattern of drinking that can cause physical and emotional harm, alcoholism is a physical dependency on alcohol. Alcohol abuse can be overcome. Alcoholism is a chronic degenerative disease that can be treated, though not cured.

What are the differences between alcohol abuse symptoms and alcoholism symptoms? When does abuse become dependency? Are most people even aware of the difference? Dynamic new addictions research shows that many people search online for answers to these questions and more.

Are People Looking for Symptoms/Signs of an Alcoholic or Something Else?

Innovative technology recently analyzed thousands of phrases used in conjunction with searches for “signs of an alcoholic/alcoholism symptoms” to determine if online users distinguish between abuse and alcoholism.

While “signs of an alcoholic” registered in 18th spot (3,825 occurrences/year), “alcohol detox” (23,794) placed first in the search frequency research results. The generality of this term, however, doesn't provide much insight. Further analysis shows that 9,186 inquiries were specific to “alcohol abuse”, as compared to 11,265 searches for “alcoholism symptoms”. Most queries within the top ten also referenced “alcoholism” and “symptoms” in various ways.

Alcoholism Symptoms - Prevalent Search Topics - Graph 1

(Continued on Graph 3 at the bottom of this page)

Top 30 two and three word combinations



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 2,000  25,000
alcohol detox    23794
signs of alcoholism    17993
alcohol withdrawal    14578
symptoms of alcohol    14366
detox symptom    13688
alcohol detox symptom    13688
alcoholism symptoms    11265
alcohol withdrawal symptoms    10899
alcohol abuse    9186
alcohol poisoning    9077
detox symptoms    8343
alcohol detox symptoms    8269
signs of alcohol    8052
symptoms of alcoholism    7459
alcoholism signs    6765
alcoholic symptoms    4172
alcohol withdrawl    3870
signs of an alcoholic    3825
symptoms of alcohol poisoning    3788
symptoms of alcohol withdrawal    3521
signs of alcohol abuse    3032
signs of alcohol poisoning    2998
symptoms of an alcoholic    2997
alcohol addiction    2957
symptoms of alcohol abuse    2866
alcohol abuse symptoms    2406
alcoholism physical symptom    2342
alcoholism sign    2278
alcohol poisoning symptoms    2255
symptoms of alcohol withdrawl    2020
2,000 25,000

Signs of Alcoholism

Other than “alcohol detox” and “alcohol withdrawal”, the general theme of this study focused on searches for “alcoholism symptoms”. In the issue of abuse versus alcoholism, it seems that many people use the term “alcoholism” as a general reference to the condition of alcohol misuse.

Graph 2 shows the individual words that occur with the most frequency. The top five are “symptoms” (79,496), “alcohol” (72,347), “alcoholism” (54,966), “signs” (45,584) and “detox” (23,879). Specific terms of interest that round out the top 21 include “women” (1,834), “allergy” (1,296) and “liver” (848).

Alcoholism Symptoms - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

Top 100 words used in alcoholism symptoms searches
(Top 1000 can be found at Top 100 alcoholism symptoms exact phrases and top 1,000 concepts/words - Graph 5)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  82,000
symptoms    79476
alcohol    72347
alcoholism    54966
signs    45584
detox    23879
symptom    16595
alcoholic    15688
withdrawal    15329
abuse    9242
poisoning    9114
physical    6076
sign    5376
withdrawl    3871
warning    3419
addiction    2997
description    1845
women    1834
alcoholics    1584
allergy    1296
early    940
liver    848
fetal    687
syndrome    657
advanced    653
adult    565
withdraw    564
children    553
disease    428
stage    403
late    386
teen    369
condition    294
drug    278
withdrawel    277
relapse    258
poison    249
damage    226
drugs    196
failure    183
used    182
treatment    173
first    149
problem    148
allergies    122
body    116
odor    116
detoxification    114
due    109
hepatitis    104
problems    91
overdose    91
when    85
taken    82
ranitidine    82
spouse    73
what    68
dont    55
non    50
beers    49
anonymous    49
drinking    47
living    37
person    36
sheet    32
family    29
facts    21
chronic    19
diabetes    19
dependancy    18
affect    18
anger    18
recovering    17
12    16
causes    16
print    15
from    14
beverage    14
pictures    14
equilibrium    13
medical    13
male    13
infertility    12
being    12
australia    12
anonimous    12
cholesterol    12
total    12
duration    12
exposure    12
child    12
danger    12
calculate    12
vital    12
health    12
behavior    11
tobacco    10
final    10
intolerance    9
dying    9
disorder    9
drink    9
bipolar    9
visual    9
0 82,000

Advanced Addictions Research from a Montreal Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center

In the study comparing the terms used to search for alcoholism symptoms and alcohol abuse symptoms online, the preference seems to be a reference to “alcoholism” in general; although the term “symptoms” is found in combination with a wide variety of terms. This finding has been garnered through new intensive addictions research sponsored by USDR, a progressive Montreal, Quebec, Canada drug and alcohol rehab center. For data and analysis on related addictions topics, visit other pages on this site.

Alcoholism Symptoms - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 101 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 100  2100
alcohol sign    1974
alcohol signs    1849
signs of alcohol addiction    1838
description of alcohol    1836
alcoholism in women    1834
symptoms of alcohol detox    1830
alcohol withdrawl symptoms    1777
alcoholic signs    1692
symptoms alcoholism    1678
physical symptoms of alcoholism    1669
alcohol allergy    1296
signs of alcoholic    1187
addiction symptoms    1106
alcohol addiction symptoms    1096
early signs of alcoholism    936
alcohol allergy symptoms    924
warning signs of alcoholism    830
alcoholism physical symptoms    830
alcoholism signs symptoms    827
alcoholism warning signs    825
alcohol abuse signs    761
fetal alcohol    687
alcohol syndrome    657
fetal alcohol syndrome    657
sign of alcoholism    630
advanced alcoholism    629
symptoms of advanced alcoholism    629
alcoholism withdrawal    610
alcohol symptoms    610
symptoms of alcoholic    588
physical signs of alcoholism    578
alcohol withdraw    562
alcoholic liver    559
alcohol withdraw symptoms    556
children of alcoholics    553
alcoholism physical signs    552
alcoholics symptoms    552
adult children of alcoholics    552
fetal alcohol syndrome symptoms    469
alcoholism withdrawal symptoms    464
alcoholic liver disease    410
symptoms of alcoholics    389
symptoms of teen alcoholism    369
teen alcoholism    369
symptoms alcohol allergy    368
late stage alcoholism symptoms    368
late stage alcoholism    368
alcoholism signs and symptoms    368
alcohol withdrawel symptoms    277
alcohol withdrawel    277
alcoholism warning sign    276
alcohol poison    249
drug alcohol signs    237
drug alcohol    237
relapse alcohol    182
symptoms relapse alcohol    182
alcoholism sign and symptom    164
alcoholism more condition symptoms    158
alcohol liver    150
alcohol problem    148
alcohol liver damage symptoms    146
alcoholic liver failure    146
alcoholism withdrawal symptom    146
first signs of alcoholism    146
alcohol liver damage    146
signs of alcohol withdrawal    146
symptoms of alcohol poison    146
alcohol allergies    122
alcohol detoxification    114
alcohol detoxification symptoms    113
detoxification symptoms    113
100 2100