What Are The Causes Of Alcohol Use Disorder (formerly known as Alcoholism)?

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) reflects an inappropriate and harmful relationship with alcohol. AUD can develop when repeated drinking alters the brain’s chemical levels that support a feeling of well being, which can lead people to compulsively consume alcohol to restore positive or avoid negative emotions. There is no known single cause of alcoholism, or AUD, but several risk factors appear to play a role, including:


  • Having An Alcoholic Parent
  • Ongoing Depression or Anxiety (sometimes called “self-medicating” for depression)
  • Desire For Social Acceptance
  • Chronically High Levels Of Stress