What are the differences between alcoholism and drug addiction?

The drug used. Alcoholism is a layman's term which is commonly given to persons addicted to alcohol. The term drug addition is used for any addiction to a drug which is not alcohol. In medical practice, we usually name the specific drug the person is addicted to in our record. The treatments are all similar, except for the detoxification phase were the specific drug makes a significant difference.

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How are alcoholism and drug addiction different?

Not a lot different. Clearly different substances can have different effects or intoxicated states or damage the body in different ways. However to get better from any substance problem be it alcohol or Cocaine much of the same treatment in employed, at the end of the day people with substance abuse problems need to learn how to cope with life or they relapse on their drug of choice. Rehabs accept all comers. Read more...
They are not. The main difference is that alcohol is legal and easier to get. Because it is legal and socially tolerated, alcohol can be abused longer before accumulating the consequences associated with addiction to illegal drugs. There appears to be a link between alcoholism and opioid addiction; one of the drugs used to reduce alcohol cravings blocks opioid receptors. Read more...

Can a person be too young to have problems with drug addiction and alcoholism?

Yes. Yes if they cannot feed themselves like babies and toddlers. Addiction need ability to access the substance and compulsion/cravings that cannot be controlled so starts at the level of middle school and becomes a problem then on. Read more...
Anyone can be addict. Unfortunately, even newborns can be addicted to their birth mother's drug habits.Of course, it is not the innocent baby's or child's choice to become addicted;it is the choice of the addicted caregiver-parent. But, they still can be addicted and in need of expert pedicatric-neonatal intensive care.Usually social workers--child/youth services coordinate a foster care home, hoping the family=o-k. Read more...
Early Alcoholism. Definitely not. In fact, the younger one begins drinking, the worse his/her prognosis is for later alcoholism and recovery. Part of the concern is that younger drinkers' (i.e. - preteens or adolescents) brain development is stunted by substance use. A second concern is that young people who abuse alcohol learn to depend on it in social situations, etc. That they are still learning to navigate. Read more...