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How to diagnose drug and alcohol dependence

To diagnose alcohol (or drug) dependence, the person must have at least two of the following symptoms for at least one month:

• drinking (or drug use), which has led to personal problems such as losing his job or health problems such as accidents or jaundice;

• difficulty in controlling the use of alcohol (or the drug) even though there are problems being

caused by the use;

• alcohol (or the drug) is used throughout the day;

• feeling sick or unwell unless he drinks alcohol (or takes the drug);

• using gradually increasing amounts of alcohol (or the drug).

 

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