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What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

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Dr. Cynthia Rector
Psychiatry

In brief: Old Terms

In the DSM 5, all substance disorders are characterized as Use Disorders and are classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the number of criteria that are met.
Dependence and abuse are not used.

In brief: Old Terms

In the DSM 5, all substance disorders are characterized as Use Disorders and are classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the number of criteria that are met.
Dependence and abuse are not used.
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