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alcohol use disorder

[ al-kuh-hawl yoos dis-awr-der, ‐-hol ]

noun

, Pathology, Psychiatry.
  1. a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by alcohol abuse or dependence, as compulsive use of alcoholic beverages, the development of physical or psychological symptoms upon reducing or ceasing intake, and decreased ability to function socially and professionally. : AUD


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Word History and Origins

Origin of alcohol use disorder1

First recorded in 1975–80

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Example Sentences

Yet those numbers were below rates of alcohol use disorder across all age groups in 2020’s survey.

And for the roughly 18 million Americans with some kind of alcohol use disorder, it can be terribly difficult to quit.

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