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How are alcoholism and alcohol abuse different?

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry
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In brief: Could be same

Alcoholism is a slightly more imprecise term that could imply either alcohol abuse or dependence.
Alcohol abuse is when someone continues to drink despite negative consequences. Alcohol dependence is when, in addition to alcohol abuse, the person also has physical dependence (needing to drink to avoid withdrawal) or tolerance (needing increasing amounts) or compulsive use.

In brief: Could be same

Alcoholism is a slightly more imprecise term that could imply either alcohol abuse or dependence.
Alcohol abuse is when someone continues to drink despite negative consequences. Alcohol dependence is when, in addition to alcohol abuse, the person also has physical dependence (needing to drink to avoid withdrawal) or tolerance (needing increasing amounts) or compulsive use.
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