The trouble with alcohol abuse: what are we trying to measure, diagnose, count and prevent?

@article{Babor2008TheTW,
  title={The trouble with alcohol abuse: what are we trying to measure, diagnose, count and prevent?},
  author={Thomas F Babor and Raul Caetano},
  journal={Addiction},
  year={2008},
  volume={103 7},
  pages={
          1057-9
        }
}
Alcohol abuse was once defined facetiously as mixing good liquor with bad soda, implying that the real meaning of the term was the abuse of expensive alcohols, not the drinker. Despite this logical inconsistency, the term alcohol abuse has grown in popularity during the last 30 years, in part because it seems to fill a terminological gap between alcohol dependence and ‘moderate’ alcohol use, and in part because it was adopted into the formal nomenclature of the American Psychiatric Association… CONTINUE READING
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