Journal article

Defining Substance Use Disorders: Do We Really Need More Than Heavy Use?

J Rehm, S Marmet, P Anderson, A Gual, L Kraus, DJ Nutt, R Room, AV Samokhvalov, E Scafato, M Trapencieris, RW Wiers, G Gmel

ALCOHOL AND ALCOHOLISM | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2013

Abstract

AIMS: The aim of the study was to explore whether the concept of heavy substance use over time can be used as definition of substance use disorder. METHODS: Narrative review. RESULTS: Heavy use over time clearly underlies the neurobiological changes associated with current thinking of substance use disorders. In addition, there is evidence that heavy use over time can explain the majority of social problems and of burden of disease (morbidity and mortality). A definition of substance use disorders via heavy use over time would avoid some of the problems of current conceptualizations, for instance the cultural specificity of concepts such as loss of control. Finally, stressing the continuum o..

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