Stewart, Scott H.; Connors, Gerard J.
March 2004
Alcohol Research & Health;2004/2005, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p6
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the two disease classification systems used to define alcohol use disorders. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders devised by the American Psychiatric Association define alcohol abuse as a maladaptive pattern of alcohol use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by the occurrence of certain patterns within a 12 month period. The International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization distinguishes between harmful use and alcohol dependence syndrome.


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