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MeSH D000437

Alcohol abuse, as described in the DSM-IV, is a psychiatric diagnosis describing the recurring use of alcoholic beverages despite negative consequences.[1] It is differentiated from alcohol dependence by the lack of symptoms such as tolerance and withdrawal.[2] Alcohol abuse is sometimes referred to by the less specific term alcoholism. However, many definitions of alcoholism exist, and only some are compatible with alcohol abuse.

The introduction of alcopops, which are flavoured alcoholic drinks which have a sweet and pleasant taste was responsible in Sweden for half of the increase in alcohol abuse in 15-16 year olds in a survey. In the case of girls the alcopops, which disguise the taste of alcohol, were responsible for two thirds of the increase. The introduction of alcopops to Sweden was a result of Sweden joining the european union and adopting european union law[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. "Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Abuse and Dependence" Alcohol Alert, No. 30 PH 359, October 1995.
  2. ^ Alcohol Abuse
  3. ^ Romanus, G. (Dec 2000). "Alcopops in Sweden--a supply side initiative.". Addiction 95 Suppl 4: S609-19. PMID 11218355. 

External links

  • Recovery REALM, Online Addiction Recovery Community featuring 12 step meetings







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