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Alcohol abuse, as described in the DSM-IV, is a psychiatric diagnosis describing the use of alcoholic beverages despite negative consequences. It is differentiated from alcohol dependence by the lack of symptoms such as tolerance and withdrawal. Alcohol abuse is sometimes referred to by the less specific term alcoholism. However, many definitions of alcoholism exist, and only some are compatible with alcohol abuse.
There are currently approximately 9 million alcoholics in the United States alone, with comparable numbers in other countries. According to Max Fisher, the author of How I Stopped Drinking, there is little if any difference between the terms alcohol abuse, alcoholic, and alcoholism. Or, significant correlations exist between alcohol abuse and other substance abuse disorders.
- Alcohol drinking patterns
- Alcohol intoxication
- Alcohol withdrawal
- Blood alcohol concentration
- Couple therapy and alcohol abuse
- Drug abuse
- Drug abuse liability
- Polydrug abuse
- Underage drinking
References & Bibliography
- Hasin D et al (2007). Prevalence, Correlates, Disability, and Comorbidity of DSM-IV Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in the United States. Archives of General Psychiatry 64 (7).