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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Addiction: Alcohol can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How are alcohol abuse and dependence different?

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Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Drinking : Dependence is usually considered that you will have physical withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking. Dependence and addiction are synonymous. Abuse is frequent or even occasional excessive drinking which is considered more than five drinks within two hours.

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