substance abuse

(SUB-stunts uh-BYOOS)

The use of illegal drugs or the use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs or alcohol for purposes other than those for which they are meant to be used, or in excessive amounts. Substance abuse may lead to social, physical, emotional, and job-related problems.

Pronunciation of dictionary term "substance abuse"

Pronunciation of dictionary term "toxicomanía"

Uso de drogas ilícitas o uso de medicamentos de venta libre o alcohol con propósitos distintos de aquellos de los que se supone que deben usarse, o en cantidades excesivas. La toxicomanía puede llevar a padecer de problemas sociales, psicológicos, emocionales y relacionados con el trabajo.