Areca nut-abuse liability, dependence and public health.

  title={Areca nut-abuse liability, dependence and public health.},
  author={Adam R. Winstock},
  journal={Addiction biology},
  volume={7 1},
To define a dependence syndrome may convey attention upon a public health problems hitherto relatively ignored. It may, however, stigmatize substance use, especially when western diagnostic criteria are applied to essentially culture-bound substances. However, when the pattern of use of a substance results in significant personal harm, then whether dependence exists or not is less important than developing an appropriate response, if its use is associated with significant morbidity and… CONTINUE READING

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