substance abuse


noun

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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Medical definitions for substance abuse

substance abuse

n.

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

Other words from substance abuse

substance abuser n.
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