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Problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” (AUD). AUD can range from mild to severe. The consequences of abusing alcohol are far reaching. It can have a negative effect on the body and the mind – as well as your professional life, family and friends. Alcohol dependency can lead to other dangerous and potentially fatal health conditions, such as liver disease and heart problems.

Recovery from alcohol is difficult to do on your own. Getting help is the first step to hope and healing.


If you suspect a problem, look for the following symptoms of alcohol use disorder:

  • Craving a drink
  • Being unable to stop or limit drinking
  • Needing greater amounts of alcohol to feel the same effect
  • Withdrawal symptoms, like nausea, sweating, shaking, anxiety, increased blood pressure, or seizures
  • Giving up activities to drink or to recover from a hangover
  • Drinking even after it causes health, job, school or relationship problems
  • Wanting to stop drinking but not being able to
  • Risking physical safety

Risk Factors

Risk factors for alcohol abuse include peer pressure, easy access to alcohol, disorders like depression and anxiety, drug use, and smoking. Men – especially those with alcoholic fathers or brothers – have a higher risk for alcohol abuse. Other factors that can contribute to alcohol abuse include genetics, abnormal brain chemistry, social pressure, emotional stress, pain, and problem drinking behaviors learned from family or friends.

Services & Treatment

You can count on professional, caring support from Aurora. Our Substance Abuse Program offers a range of treatments, including evening counseling, residential rehab and inpatient detox. Our team of experts will work with you one-on-one to determine the best course of treatment.

The following locations specialize in helping people with alcoholism:

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital
1220 Dewey Ave
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center
2629 N 7th St
Sheboygan, WI 53083

Aurora St. Luke's South Shore
5900 S Lake Dr
Cudahy, WI 53110

Doctor’s Court Programs of Aurora Medical Center
414 Doctor’s Ct.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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