Definitions

“Alcohol Misuse”

The vast majority of people who consume alcohol do so safely and responsibly. In fact, research demonstrates that moderate consumption may confer significant health benefits. Unfortunately, some people do not or cannot control their drinking and misuse alcohol. See State of the Science Report on the Effect of Moderate Drinking – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), published in December 2003 and updated February 2007.

Alcohol misuse refers to any type of alcohol use that has harmful consequences (e.g. a single case of intoxication leading to an alcohol-related traffic crash), regardless of whether it meets the diagnostic criteria for alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence.

- Dr. Sandra Lapham (2005)

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
An overview of alcohol and drug misuse related terminology.