substance abuse


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.

Nearby words

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  2. subspontaneous,
  3. subst.,
  4. substage,
  5. substance,
  6. substance abuse disorder,
  7. substance p,
  8. substandard,
  9. substantia,
  10. substantia alba Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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substance abuse


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

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