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Alcohol and drug dependence 

Alcohol and drug dependence
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Alcohol and drug dependence
Author(s):

Mary E. McCaul

, Gary S. Wand

, and Yngvild K. Olsen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.260701
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date: 22 October 2017

Alcohol and drug dependence are diagnosed based on the clustering of characteristic physiological and behavioural symptoms. Since there is considerable diagnostic overlap with a variety of medical and psychiatric conditions, a careful history of a patient’s substance use, associated problems, and familial patterns of substance misuse is important....

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