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substance abuse

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  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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substance abuse

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