10 doctors weighed in:
What are the differences between alcohol and drug addiction?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Drug Withdrawal
Addictions are more similar than they are different from a basic biological perspective (affecting the same pleasure-center in the brain), and in how they develop.
However, one significant difference is that alcohol and benzodiazepines pose a greater risk during withdrawal (seizure, high blood pressure, possible death) and thus withdrawal from these substance should be monitored in a hospital.

In brief: Drug Withdrawal
Addictions are more similar than they are different from a basic biological perspective (affecting the same pleasure-center in the brain), and in how they develop.
However, one significant difference is that alcohol and benzodiazepines pose a greater risk during withdrawal (seizure, high blood pressure, possible death) and thus withdrawal from these substance should be monitored in a hospital.
Dr. Emily Massey
Dr. Emily Massey
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Substance used
Symptoms depend on the substance used/abused.
There are similarities between alcohol and benzodiazepine abuse/addiction, but abuse of Cocaine (a stimulant) appears quite different. The similarity with all is continuing to use despite harmful effects in one's relationships, work, and other important parts of life. Heroin, meth, etc may expose to different life threats than alcohol. All r dangerous.

In brief: Substance used
Symptoms depend on the substance used/abused.
There are similarities between alcohol and benzodiazepine abuse/addiction, but abuse of Cocaine (a stimulant) appears quite different. The similarity with all is continuing to use despite harmful effects in one's relationships, work, and other important parts of life. Heroin, meth, etc may expose to different life threats than alcohol. All r dangerous.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
3 doctors agree
In brief: Addiction vs habit
Addiction - there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved.
Choice of addiction is due to habit. Habit - it is done by choice. The person with the habit can choose to stop, and will subsequently stop successfully if they want to. Addiction habit choice -is alcohol vs drug.

In brief: Addiction vs habit
Addiction - there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved.
Choice of addiction is due to habit. Habit - it is done by choice. The person with the habit can choose to stop, and will subsequently stop successfully if they want to. Addiction habit choice -is alcohol vs drug.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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