This term is generally used to refer to the inappropriate over-use of alcohol. drugs (both prescription and illegal) and food.
Syndrome associated with repeated negative consequences resulting from a maladaptive pattern of substance use, such as multiple legal, social, and occupational problems.
The use of a drug to such an extent that the person is often intoxicated throughout the day and fails in important obligations and in attempts to abstain, but there is no physiological dependence. See psychological dependency.