Illustration of a Drug Problem

To illustrate:

  • Some people might only drink occasionally, and not experience problems of regular use or experience any problems related to dependence. But they could still experience short term problems that arise from intoxication
  • Other people might not drink in a way that results in problems of intoxication – they never drink large amounts on a single occasion - but regular excessive use might increase the risk of, problems of regular use
  • While some people might experience problems of intoxication, regular use AND dependence, others might have problems in only one or two areas