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Definition of Alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse: Use of alcoholic beverages to excess, either on individual occasions (binge drinking) or as a regular practice. For some individuals, children or pregnant women, for example, almost any amount of alcohol use may be legally considered 'alcohol abuse.' Heavy alcohol abuse can cause physical damage and death.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 5/28/2013

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