Alcohol and Drug Dependence

Being dependent on alcohol or drugs means that you have a physical or emotional dependence on the substance. When you are dependent on a substance: You are not able to stop using the substance even if you try. You may feel that you should cut down, but you continue to use the substance even though it causes problems in…

Alcohol and Drug Dependence

Alcohol and Drug Dependence

Being dependent on alcohol or drugs means that you have a physical or emotional dependence on the substance. When you are dependent on a substance:

  • You are not able to stop using the substance even if you try.
  • You may feel that you should cut down, but you continue to use the substance even though it causes problems in your life.
  • You may have physical signs of dependence. These are different depending on the substance, but they can include problems like:
    • Blackouts, which cause you to not remember what happened.
    • Stomach problems.
    • Repeated infections.
    • Sleep problems.
    • Loss of appetite.
    • Less interest in sex.

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Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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