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substance abuse

Syllabification: sub·stance a·buse

Definition of substance abuse in English:

noun

Overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs.
Example sentences
  • The scheme is set to highlight the dangers of substance abuse, in particular drugs and alcohol, to the youth of the area.
  • His urine was negative for drugs, and there was no history of alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Eleven of these patients also were diagnosed with alcohol or substance abuse.

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