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How are alcohol abuse and dependence different?

1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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