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substance abuse

noun
1.
long-term, pathological use of alcohol or drugs, characterized by daily intoxication, inability to reduce consumption, and impairment in social or occupational functioning; broadly, alcohol or drug addiction.
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  • A computerized referral service to substance abuse literature and prevention programs will begin operating in 1987.

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substance abuse in Medicine

substance abuse n.
Excessive use of a potentially addictive substance, especially one that may modify body functions, such as alcohol and drugs. Also called chemical abuse.


substance abuser n.
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