Drug & Alcohol Misuse

Drug and Alcohol Mis-Use

Drugs and alcohol are misused by many people, which can impact not only themselves but the other people in their lives.

If someone in your family struggles with alcohol or drug abuse, you may be at risk for misuse.


  • Use of alcohol or drugs that interferes with your ability to do well at school, at work, or in your relationships.
  • In a one-year period, at least two of the following:
    • Craving alcohol or drugs
    • Drinking more alcohol or taking more drugs than you meant to
    • Difficulty reducing the amount of alcohol or drugs that you use
    • Spending a lot of time trying to get, use, or recover from alcohol or drugs
    • Not doing what you’re supposed to do at home, school, or work because of alcohol or drug use
    • Continuing to drink or do drugs, even when it causes or worsens social, physical, or psychological problems
    • Consistently choosing alcohol or drug use over other social, work, or entertainment activities
    • Using alcohol or drugs in situations where it could cause you harm
    • Needing to drink more alcohol or take more drugs than you used to in order to get the same effect
    • Experiencing withdrawal from alcohol or a drug
For More Information:

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse


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