Use of alcoholic beverages to excess, either on individual occasions (binge drinking) or as a regular practice. For some individuals'children or pregnant women, for example'almost any amount of alcohol use may be legally considered 'alcohol abuse.' Heavy alcohol abuse can cause physical damage and death. Drinking in a way that harms a person's life. Symptoms include drinking that leads to a failure to fulfill obligations at home, in school, or at work and continued use despite negative consequences.