Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Alcohol Use Disorder
- Alcohol and Your Health
- Alcohol and Cancer
- Defining a Drink
- Driving While Impaired
AUD: Alcohol Use Disorder
Excessive drinking increases a person’s risk for alcohol use disorder. Alcohol use disorder, or AUD, is a medical disease often showing compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using alcohol. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism describes the 11 signs and symptoms that may indicate alcohol use disorder (AUD). There may be a diagnosis of AUD if a person has at least two of the 11 signs and symptoms.
NIAAA’s interactive tool lets you explore your own alcohol use. You can use this tool to better understand your alcohol use, and start taking steps to reduce risks.
Treatment and recovery are possible
If you are concerned about your own, or someone else’s, alcohol use, talk to your doctor or health care provider about treatment options. You can also seek help from any of the resources listed below.
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Learn how to get into treatment for alcohol or drug use. If you are worried about treatment costs, there are options available.
National Helpline 800-662-4357
Confidential, free, 24/7 helpline for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders, including alcohol use disorder. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups and community-based organizations. Information is available in English and Spanish.
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
Confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. This service is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.